Marbeth Powell

                                          Celebration of Life

Marbeth Sedgwick Powell


Saturday, January 9, 2016

Marbeth Sedgwick Powell was born on August 19, 1920 in Lemont, Illinois. She died on December 19, 2015 in Lacey, WA. She always considered herself a Washingtonian because her parents were living in Washington when her mother got pregnant. Marbeth grew up in Seattle,  attended Franklin High School, Whitman College, and graduated from the University of Washington in 1942. 

She married Alanson Towne Powell in April 1942 in Seattle. He preceded her in death in 2006. They had four daughters: Betsy (Mike) Pierce formerly of Sedro Woolley, now Olympia; Francia (David)    Reynolds of Olympia, Alane (Duncan) Howard of Loveland, Colorado, and Dana (Mark) Mills-Powell, deceased, formerly of Cambridge,  England. She has eight grandchildren, and 11great-grandchildren.

Marbeth worked as a journalist and taught school at various times throughout her career. After her husband’s retirement as Business Manager from the Peralta School District in Oakland, California, in 1977, they moved to South Colby, near Port Orchard, in Kitsap County. Marbeth was on the South Kitsap School Board and South Kitsap Parks and Recreation Board. She was nominated as Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year in 1992 after being instrumental in developing a new park near Port Orchard. The road into South Kitsap Regional Park, originally called Jackson Park, was named Marbeth Lane in her honor.

Marbeth and Alanson moved to Panorama in 1995, where she sang in the church choir and volunteered in the Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center. She moved to the Riedel Adult Family Home in 2014 where she was cared for and loved.


In Loving Memory of

Marbeth Powell

January 9, 2016

Slide Show


Welcome           Rev. Melissa Ramming

Opening Prayer

Scripture       23rd Psalm

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:

he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul:
he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil: For thou art with me;

thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me

in the presence of mine enemies;

Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

all the days of my life;

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

* Hymn ‘Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty’          Red Hymnal #64

Scripture                                          1 Corinthians 13: 1-8                 

Joshua Alanson Howard, grandson

Eulogy                                        Rev. Duncan Howard, son-in-law

Solo                                              ‘You Hold Me Now’
Christine  Sanchez Howard, married to grandson, Caleb Howard


Remembrances  and A Time for Sharing
(The family will be sharing their remembrances first, then we will open the microphone to any who would offer a remembrance or word about Marbeth.)

Prayer of Commendation

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our trespasses, as we   forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen

* Hymn     ‘Amazing Grace’           Red Hymnal # 378





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