Lois M. Powell
We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Lois M. Powell who died on April 10, 2019 at the age of 94. Lois was born to the late Robert and Estella (Humphrey) Shimmons in Sterling, Michigan. Sadly, she lost both birth parents at an early age. Fortunately, Lois was raised by her step-mother, Lena (Sandy) Shimmons, and brought to Spring Arbor College, where she met the love of her life. She married the late Rev. Henry Powell in 1942, and together they served numerous Free Methodist assignments, then United Methodist congregations such as North Branch and Midland: Homer until his clergy retirement after 40 years of service.
Lois was the quintessential pastor’s wife and was most passionate about making a difference in the lives of children. She lovingly taught Sunday School and VBS, and “fostered” many a child when they needed a place to stay. She was a devout Christian and continued leading and participating in Bible studies into her tenth decade. Lois could sew, crochet, paint and craft beautifully. United Methodist craft bazaars were enriched by her many notable creations, including “Snow People” and clown dolls(!).
Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Henry Powell; her son, William Powell; and her daughter, Janice Harvey. She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Rebecca Powell of Midland, MI; and a son-in-law, Edward Harvey of Battle Creek, MI. She will be lovingly remembered by four grandchildren: Timothy (and Lisa) Powell of Wilmore, KY; Angela (and Kevin) Flynn of Richland, MI; Deborah Powell of Lexington, KY; and Kimberly Harvey of Nashville, TN. She will be fondly remembered as “GiGi” by seven great-grandchildren: Will, Zach, Harvey, Quincy, Jayne, Teresa and Claire.
The family has planned a private Interment of Ashes ceremony in the Memorial Rose Garden of the First United Methodist Church in Midland, MI.
Condolences may be sent to her granddaughter:
Dr. Angela Harvey
8140 Prairiewood Circle
Richland, MI 49083