Claire Powell-Wood

Friday, August 12, 2011

Funeral services for Mrs. Claire Powell-Wood, 96, of Spencer, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 15, at First Congregational Church in Spencer. Rev. Tom Van Tassell will officiate the service.

Public visitation will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, with the family present from 5-7 p.m. at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.

Burial will take place at Barnes Township Cemetery in Linn Grove at 1:30 p.m. Monday, following the lunch at the church.

Mrs. Powell-Wood passed away Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer.

The family requests that memorial gifts be made to the Iowa Public Broadcasting Service, Spencer Municipal Library or the First Congregational Church in Spencer.

Claire Powell Wood was born on the Linnwood stock farm located north of Linn Grove, Ia. on Oct. 27, 1914.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Reuben Wood; father, Elmer Powell; birth mother, Miriam Powell; stepmother, Ruth Powell; twin sister, Clariss Witt; sister, Mildred Roberts; and sister, Marvel Powell.

She is survived by her stepdaughter, Joan Peters; and stepson, Larry Wood; and many relatives and friends.

She obtained her elementary and high school education at Linn Grove and college degrees at the University of Buena Vista and the State University of Iowa. She taught school in numerous schools in the area including the Spencer Community School and during WWII taught for the United States Air Force. When asked, "What did you teach?" she loved answering with, "Everything but football."

Upon retiring in 1978, she and her husband, Reuben taught ballroom dancing to people in northwest Iowa. The Missouri Waltz was her favorite song to dance to. As an educator, she has touched the hearts and minds of countless students who, I'm sure, will remember her and miss her, especially at class reunions where she was a regular participant.

Claire was an avid horsewoman and gardener, enjoyed golf and played a wicked hand of cribbage and bridge. She loved reading and thought that those that didn't read were missing out on one of the greatest gifts of life.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.