Josephine E. Powell / July 16, 1921-Jan. 16, 2010

Published 10:50am Monday, January 18, 2010

Josephine Powell, 88, of Dowagiac, passed away at 12:55 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at Lakeland Specialty Care Center in Berrien Center.

Josephine’s life began on July 16, 1921, in Missouri, the daughter of Fred and Anna Mae Berryhill.

She was united in marriage to James Rowling Powell in 1938.

Josephine worked for several area companies, including James Heddon’s Sons, Goerlich Manufacturing and Rudy (Sundstrand) Manufacturing.

She counted among her favorite things to do: travel with her husband of 61 years, playing cards, reading and going out to have lunch.
Her loving family includes: her daughter, JoAn (Leon) Dodd of Dowagiac; son, Larry (Darlene) Powell of Dowagiac; grandchildren, Christine (Bob) Cooper and Scott (Karen) Dodd, both of Dowagiac, Shawn (Terry Brown) Powell of Buchanan and Jamie (Rockie) Ward of Niles; step-grandchildren, Loren (Kathy) Willming of Dowagiac and Greg (Dina) Willming of Evansville, Ind.; great-grandchildren, Stephanie Cooper, Kristy Cooper, Bryce Dodd, Marissa Dodd, Taylor Dodd, Ashley (Isra) Hendon, Alisha Ranft, Michael Ranft, Ryan Ward, Joseph Ward, Terrell Ward, Krystle Willming, Ryne Willming, Jackson Willming, Joseph Willming, Emilie Willming, Maggie Willming and Matthew Willming; several great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Kathryn Sullivan of Pensacola, Fla., and Jan (Joe) Uvani of Rome, N.Y.

Josephine is preceded in death by her husband, James R. Powell, and two sisters, Freddie Mae and Hilda.

Her family will gather with friends on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Yazel and Clark Chapel, where her memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. led by Pastor Jim Dunn of Yore Community Church.

She will be laid to rest in Mission Hills Cemetery at a later date.

Please sign her guestbook and leave a memory of Josephine at

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