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Julia Emerine Pearl Powell

September 18, 1934 - June 12, 2014


Julia Emerine Pearl Powell passed away in her home, in Oregon City, Oregon at the age of 79 on June 12th, 2014. She went peacefully in her sleep with her family at her side.

She was born in Grants Pass, Oregon on September 18, 1934 to Louvisa Else Jackson and Theodore Edward Jackson. She graduated from Girls Polytechnic High School in Portland, Oregon in 1952. She took multiple classes in Art & Horticulture, among many others, at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City from 1996 thru 2003. She enjoyed being a lifelong learner.

Julia married James Evans Powell Sr. in 1955, in a civil ceremony. She became a member of the Catholic Church, where they reaffirmed their vows in 1963. They were married for 33 years until Jim’s passing in 1987.

Julia worked different jobs, outside of the home, from the early 70’s until she was hired full time at the Clackamas County Courthouse in Oregon City. She enjoyed her job there as a clerk, and worked from 1978 until retiring in 1994. She was a member and President of the Gladstone Art Guild during the mid 90’s. She was a prolific painter and sculptor during most of her life. She participated in many art shows, winning awards numerous times. She volunteered with the Art Literacy program at Oregon City Elementary Schools, teaching children art in her grandson’s classes. Her greatest love was that of her family. She was quite proud to make a scary move from S.E. Portland to an 80 acre farm in Beavercreek, Oregon with her husband and 6 children in tow. She learned how to care for a menagerie of animals, and taught her children the many lessons of farming, raising animals, and living the country life. Julia loved to travel with her husband. She later went on numerous trips with her long term companion, Edward Vizenor of Oregon City.

Julia was preceded in death by her husband, James Evans Powell Sr.; both of her parents; her sister, who was raised as her daughter, Vyretta Dougharty of Louisiana; brother, Martin C. Bowman; and her companion Edward Vizenor of Oregon City.

She is survived by her children; James E. Powell Jr., and Cindy L. Barlow of Oregon City, Larry K. Powell of Portland, Ruth E. Purchase of Netarts, and Deanna K Thomas of Milwaukie. She had 13 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Also surviving her are; brothers, James E. Jackson, Craig L. Bowman, Lloyd K. Bowman, and sister Deborah L. (Jackson) McLean.

She also had numerous Nieces and Nephews of 2 generations. Special people in her life to note are; Karla Atkinson & Family, her Foster Parents Joe & Lois Ashlock, Betty Stenberg, Mary Hunt, and Lisa Guarnero & Family.

Services will be held on August 17th, 2:00 pm at the Carus House, 23200 S. Hwy. 213, Oregon City, OR. Private interment will follow at Mt. View Cemetery in Oregon City. Online memorial and guest book will be found at www.hillsidechapelfh.com