Delores May Powell
A memorial service was held for her on June 11 at the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Rosa, Calif.
Delores was born in Forest Grove, Ore., May 6, 1933 and grew up in Beaverton, Ore.
After earning her associate degree, she worked in Portland, Ore. as a telephone operator and later married her brother’s fraternity friend, Tom Powell in 1955.
Delores and Tom moved several times with JC Penny to Corvallis, Salem, and Coquille. During this time, their first daughter, Shari, was born in 1959 and their second daughter, Judy was born in 1965.
After 20 years with JC Penny, Tom and Delores switched gears and decided to try something new. In 1971, they bought the Terrace Mobile Plaza Mobile home park in Prineville. For the next 20 years, they developed the land from eight spaces to 71 spaces. Delores worked alongside Tom and became the accountant, social director, lawn mower, and all-around caretaker for the many residents and friends.
The Powell family attended Prineville Community Church, where Delores enjoyed signing in the church choir. She joined the P.E.O. and was a member for 35 years.
In 1991, Tom and Delores moved to Santa Rosa, where Delores joined a friend’s business and became a cruise consultant. This was a perfect job for her, as anyone who knew her was aware she loved to travel and arrange trips.
In 2008, Delores lost her husband, Tom, of 52 years of marriage to cancer. Most recently, she had become a frequent visitor to Moscow, Idaho, staying with her grandson as he attended college. Delores remained in good health until she suffered a stroke and heart attack, which led to her death on June 3.
Delores is survived by her two daughters and families, Shari, Dan, Iain, and Sara Fisher of Sebastopol, Calif., and Judy, Soren, Johnny, and Tommy Andersen of Portand, Ore. She is also survived by her nephew, Scott Carlson and niece, Chris Carlson.