Services for Marjorie L. Powell, 85 of Spirit Lake will be held at 10:30 a.m., today, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008, at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Spirit Lake. Rev. Phil Andreasen will officiate the service.
Marjorie passed away at Hilltop Care Center in Spirit Lake, Iowa, on Friday, Feb. 22, 2008.
Interment will take place at Memorial Gardens Cemetery of Spirit Lake.
Marjorie L. Powell, the daughter of William H. and Mary Backhaus Steffen, was born April 24, 1922, on a farm south of Royal. Her childhood years were spent in the Royal and Peterson areas where she received her education in the Clay County school system.
Marjorie married Donald R. Powell on Oct. 9, 1942, at Ft. Sill in Oklahoma City, Okla., where her husband was stationed at the beginning of his four years in the U.S. Army during WWII. After his discharge, Don and Marjorie were engaged in farming near Terril, until their retirement after which they made their home in Spirit Lake. Marjorie was an active member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church where she participated enthusiastically in Bible Study, Summer Bible Camp, National Lutheran Women's Missionary League Conventions, and was recognized as an outstanding volunteer of the year by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad.
She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers: Elmer, Alfred, Bill, Everett, and one brother in infancy; and four sisters: Etta Klatt, Marion Rohweder, Leona Kreisel, Clara Christensen, and one sister in infancy.
Marjorie is survived by one daughter, Judy Lee and her husband, Royof Savage, Minn.; one son, Donald Powell Jr. and his wife, Judy of Arbuckle, Calif.; one grandson; three granddaughters; several great grandchildren; one sister, Caroline Peterson, of Newbury Park, Calif.; and one sister-in-law, Amanda Steffen of Spencer.