Mae Elizabeth "Betty" Powell
November 24, 1927  -  August 25, 2018

Mae Elizabeth "Betty" Powell

First Baptist Church
322 W. Grand Avenue
Artesia, NM  88210
Saturday, September 1, 2018
10:00 a.m.
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St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN  38105
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A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, September 1, at First Baptist Church for Mae Elizabeth "Betty" Barnett Powell of Artesia, New Mexico.

Mrs. Powell, 90, died on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at her home.

Ty Houghtaling will officiate at the services. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary.

Betty was born on November 24, 1927 in Artesia; the daughter of Squire Boone Barnett and Opal Mae Deberry Barnett. She was a lifelong resident of Artesia.

On May 21, 1945 she was married to James T. Powell in Carlsbad, New Mexico. He preceded her in death on December 14, 1994.

She was a member of First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for many years. She was a homemaker and a clerk for Thompson's Clothing Store and also Hub Clothiers in Artesia. Betty was a charter member of the Delta Omega Sorority Chapter in Artesia which is a part of the Epsilon Sigma Alpha International. As a part of the sorority she wrapped christmas presents in her home for over 20 years and as a result there was over $1,000,000 donated to the St. Jude Children's Hospital. She loved to quilt, knit and travel.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a daughter Sandra Sue Powell.

She is survived by a daughter Elizabeth E. "Libby" Holmes of Artesia; sons James Randal Powell of King William, Virginia and Thomas Boone Powell of Artesia; a sister Billie Sue Williams of Albuquerque, New Mexico; grandchildren Ferron Wade Powell, Sundi Gayle Powell, Van Michael Ciesielski, Thomas Boone Powell II, Andrew Squire Powell, Toni Lynne Cano, and Elizabeth Anne Holmes; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, food or monetary gifts the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Mrs. Powell's name, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


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  1. Jon Thompson
    Cleveland, OH

    To all the Powell family, I am so sorry for your loss. I grew up across the street from you and from your mom. She was a great neighbor and a wonderful friend to my mother, Willadeen Thompson. I lost touch with you, but I have fond memories of those growing up years. May God bless and keep you.

  2. Ann (Everhart) Propsner
    Artesia, NM

    So sorry for your loss.

  3. Ginger Warren Geisler
    North Beach, MD

    Randy, so sorry to hear about your mom. Many thoughts and prayers are with you during this sorrowful time. Let your happy memories sustain you and may God bless you and your family.

  4. Richard H Newton
    Carlsbad{Queen} NM 88220 9467, NM

    Van ,Prayers for your loss,God Bless.


  5. Thomas Parrish
    Livingston, TX

    Randy, very sorry for the loss of your mom. Hope you find solace and comfort in God's love.

  6. Bud Mullen
    Lenexa, KS

    Thoughts and prayers for you and yours Randy.

  7. Christi Bever
    Artesia, NM

    To the Powell Family:
    I'm very sorry for your loss. I pray God will give you peace and comfort.

  8. Russell Kirkpatrick
    Albuquerque, NM

    Tommy, Libby, and family, so sorry for your loss and prayers for all of you. You had a great mother. May God bless your family and give comfort.

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