Ms Marilyn S. Powell

Born in Toledo, Ohio on October 26, 1925

Departed on March 28, 2018 and resided in Atlanta, GA - Georgia

Marilyn Strausz Powell, at the age of 92, died March 28, 2018, at Canterbury Court. Born in Toledo Ohio on October 26, 1925, she moved to Atlanta at age 3. She was an only child preceded in death by her parents, Carroll Young Strausz and Helen Jeffrey Strausz. She attended Spring Street School and North Fulton High School, class of 1943. After graduating she went to Sullins College in Bristol, Virginia but came home to work with the Red Cross to aid in the war efforts. She married OBie W. Powell, Jr., her high school sweetheart, on May 23, 1946. She spent her life as a devoted wife, mother of 7, and grandmother of 13 and great-grandmother of 7. She was an active volunteer throughout her life, which included 45 years with Northside Hospital Atlanta Auxiliary. During her time at Northside Hospital she worked in the Nursery, in the Special Care Nursery, and in Network of Hope and also served on the Auxiliary Board of Directors. She most recently worked in the Auxiliary Office. She was a tireless fundraiser as well as a part of the knitting group making blankets and caps for the newborns. For the last several years, she has been loving life at Canterbury Court in Brookhaven where she was a member of the Choristers, a member of the Accumulation Sale committee, an avid bridge player and an enthusiastic Tai Chi participant. The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the entire staff of Canterbury Court for their loving care of Marilyn over the past few years, particularly the last 3 months while on the 2nd floor.
Marilyn was a lifetime member of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church and member of the Timothy Sunday School Class. She worked on the Alter Guild, participated in the Flower Ministry and volunteered in the Dogwood Shop. She is preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, OBie W. Powell Jr. She is survived by her children Lynn Powell Elliott (Don), Tommy P. Powell (Marsha), Lane Powell (Jordan) Burday (Scott), Carol Powell Couch, Jeff Powell (Linda), Gina Powell Thwaite (Jimmy) and Alex J. Powell (Jennifer); grandchildren Andy Elliott (Erin), Marc Elliott (Taylore), Chris Elliott (Batina), Christi Jordan Snaufer (Mike), Grace Jordan, Aaron Powell, Noah Powell, James Thwaite, Thomas Thwaite, Caroline Powell and Chip Powell; great-grandchildren Caitlyn Elliott, Caroline Elliott, Abby Elliott, Hayden Elliott, Cooper Elliott, Charlie Elliott and Sara Snaufer.

The Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at 11:00 AM in the chapel of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church with Dr. Donald A. Elliott, the Rev. Carolyn Stephens, and the Rev. Mandy Brady officiating. A reception at Cherokee Town Club will immediately follow the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, the Powell family has requested that donations be made to the Northside Hospital Atlanta Auxiliary at 1000 Johnson Ferry Rd, Atlanta, GA 30342


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  1. Meryl March 31, 2018 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful woman, Mrs. Powell was. I am very sorry to read of your loss. With her accomplishments, her love and joys, she was an amazing woman! I won’t pretend to know what you’re going through, but what has helped me deal with the loss of those I love, is turning to the Scriptures, something that has been a real source of comfort. One Scripture that gives me hope is, John 11:25, which says, “Jesus said to her: “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life.” I hope that this verse will also comfort you and, I hope you and your family can get through this difficult time. Please accept my condolences for the loss of your beloved mother, grandma and friend. Sincerely, Meryl, jw.org – healingwordsforu@gmail.com

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