Barbara J. Powers of Lavalette

“Don’t tell God how big the storm is, Tell the storm how big your God is.” Barbara J. Powers, 67, of Lavalette, WV passed away on Thursday, November 3, 2011 at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House. Celebration of life will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Monday, November 7, 2011 at Morris Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Carol McKay officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery, Kenova. She is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Lyle Powers. Barbara is the daughter of Maria Perry and the late Alva Perry. She was born on November 23, 1943 in Baltimore, Maryland. Her family returned to Wayne where she was raised. She was a 1961 graduate of Wayne High School and a graduate of Marshall University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She was a member of the Lavalette United Methodist Church, often serving as a lay leader. She was also a member of the Lavalette Woman’s Club, the Alpha Lambda Chapter of Alpha Kappa Sorority for female educators. In addition, she worked with Habitat for Humanity. Barbara enjoyed painting and drawing, especially with the Praise Painters. She retired from the Wayne County Board of Education with over 25 years of teaching experience at Lavalette Elementary, Wayne Middle and Wayne Elementary. Additional survivors include three children Mike Powers and his wife Christine of Huntington, Sara Stapleton and husband Doug of Huntington, and April Adkins and husband Mark of Williamstown, WV, five grandchildren, Samantha (Sammi Jo) and Elizabeth (Ellie) Stapleton, Kyle Powers, and Mason and Sophia Adkins, one sister, Susan Borneman of Minneapolis, MN and one brother Jeff Perry of Huntington, WV along with several nieces and nephews; and a host of close friends. The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to Dr. Arvinder Bir and his staff, Vicki Hemlapp, Dr. Gary Patton and the entire Oncology Department at St. Mary’s Hospital for their dedication, care and compassion over this past year. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lavalette United Methodist Church, or the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House of Huntington. Friends may call 6-9 p.m. Sunday at Morris Funeral Home in Wayne.