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The Powell family would like to say goodbye to their beloved mother and wife of 49 years who passed away on 04 December 2015 in Colonial Beach, Virginia. She was born on 11 March, 1947 to Claude F. Jones and Doris E. Noland Jones in San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas. Shirley lived her early years in Texas before moving to Yale, and subsequently Stillwater, Oklahoma. There she met her husband of 49 years, James R. (Bob) Powell. Both Shirley and Bob were graduates of Stillwater High School. They were married at the 1st Christian Church in Stillwater, Oklahoma on 27 May 1966. Shirley unselfishly and honorably supported Bob as a military spouse for the better part of 39 years and at the same time worked as the Secretary for the 13th Air Force Chief of Security Police, a Social Service Worker and an administrative assistant for the Graduate Dean’s Office at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Shirley was a long time Cherokee County resident until 2001 when Shirley and Bob moved to Colonial Beach, Virginia where Bob subsequently retired from the United States Air Force. Shirley was an avid oil painting artist and was active in the Colonial Beach Art Guild. While living in Colonial Beach Shirley was a contributing member of the Friends of the Mary Washington Philharmonic Orchestra and a frequent patron at the Fredericksburg Riverside Dinner Theater. She is survived by her husband Bob of the home, a son Shawn, and a daughter Amanda. She is also survived by a sister Kathy Bennett in Mannford, Oklahoma and a sister Karen Preston in Cushing, Oklahoma along with three grandchildren, Lori Powell, Madeline Lawson and Sam Owen. Shirley’s life will be celebrated by an informal ceremony at the First Christian Church, 300 East Moses Street Cushing Oklahoma, at 11:00 AM on Saturday 23 April 2016. Her ashes will be interred at the Ft. Gibson National Military Cemetery at 2:00 PM on 26 Apr 2016.
Published on April 11, 2016
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