Funeral services for Helen I. Powell, 86, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 15, 2015, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mrs. Powell died at 4:49 a.m., Friday, June 12, 2015, at Brooke Haven Healthcare.
She was born November 9, 1928, at West Plains, Missouri, to Harry Ingalsbe and Ella Rasmussen Ingalsbe. On April 12, 1947, she was married at Hatfield Church of Christ, to Joe Powell. She attended Southwest Missouri State Teacher’s College and Rockford College, Rockford, Illinois. In addition to being the owner and operator with her husband of a dairy farm and a neighborhood grocery store, Mrs. Powell was an administrative assistant for thirty-three years at Glenwood School, where she had also been the secretary to the school board. In 1991, she was nominated for the “Woman of the Year” award by the Business & Professional Women’s Club. She had been a 4-H leader and educated and encouraged many young people. She was a very caring, giving and loving person and had many friends. Mrs. Powell loved her family and friends dearly and enjoyed time spent with her kids and grandkids. She was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan and enjoyed playing pitch and crossword puzzles. Mrs. Powell was a member of the Church of Christ, having attended the West 160 Church of Christ for over fifty years and after moving to town began attending Curry Street Church of Christ.
She is survived by her husband of sixty-eight years, Joe Powell; four children, J. Sue Wheeler, husband, Travis, Richard N. Powell, special friend, Al Urban, Joe R. Powell, Jr., wife, Carol and Karen A. Mason, husband, Jim; seven grandchildren, Jared Rutz, wife, Hanna, Lauren Rutz, Elizabeth Mason, fiancé, Brian Recktenwald, Anne Yensz, husband, Robby, Stephanie Wheeler, Travis Wheeler, Jr. and Spencer Powell; three great-grandchildren, Travis F., Savanah and Aliyah Wheeler; two brothers, James Ingalsbe, wife, Louise and Howard Ingalsbe; and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Richard, John and Ed Ingalsbe and one sister, Harriett Sobin.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Sunday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Evergreen Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Evergreen Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.