With deepest regrets our family wish to announce the passing of our loving matriarch.
Surrounded by family, Betty Powell, formerly of Lincoln, NB passed away at the Pine Grove Nursing Home on Friday, February 18, 2022. Born in Pembroke, ON, but grew up and considered New Waterford, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia her true home. She was the daughter of the late Everett and Isabelle (Lawrie) Colburne and wife of the late C. Douglas Powell.
Mom is survived by three sons; Jim (Jill) Fredericton, NB; Bob (Lynn) Oromocto, NB; and Larry (Robin) Calgary, AB; daughter-in-law Peggy Powell Oromocto, NB; and former daughter-in-law Joan Tremblay, Fredericton, NB; nine grandchildren Theresa, Craig, Haley, Maggie, Mandy, Robbie, Kayla, Jenica, and Tyson; and two step grandchildren Bailey and Taylor; nine great grandchildren Ethan, Amos, Robbie, Ryder, Tye, Aiden, Liam, Ben, and Douglas.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her siblings, oldest son Douglas Powell and daughter-in-law Bonnie Powell.
Mom was well loved by all, she loved to travel and had a great sense of humor. She gave of herself and her time to anyone and everyone, never expecting anything in return. Her family was everything to her and she enjoyed watching her family grow. Nothing made Mom happier than our family tradition of going to the Lincoln United Church Christmas Eve Service listening to her sing in the choir and going to her house after to enjoy a special meal, a visit from Santa and opening her gifts and handing out Christmas stockings to all of us and anyone else we happened to bring along. Mom just adored Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Family she collected everything she could get her hands on also she loved Canada and respected all those who served in our Country. She was independent, strong willed, so generous and kind. Her mark has been made on this world and another Angel has gone to Heaven. Thanks, Mom, for all your love and leaving us with so many cherished memories.
Mom was always volunteering and giving of herself we could never keep up with it, Mom loved her church she was a member, on the board and sang in the choir of Wesley United Church in Lincoln, NB for many years and later moved to the Oromocto United Church, she also taught Sunday School in Oromocto as we were growing up. She was an Honorary Member of Oromocto Legion Branch 93 for over 50 years of dedicated service, nothing made her and us prouder then her being in the color guard and being a Flag Bearer while visiting all the local schools before Remembrance Day and on parade at the Cenotaph , but her real passion was the Oromocto Ladies Auxiliary which she was a charter member since 1965, she held many posts such a President and Vice President numerous times over the years and took on numerous duties until she was 87 she received a Certificate of Merit, Life Membership, 50th Anniversary Medal,75th Anniversary Medal, and the LA Service Medal. She was a member and Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star #3, a member and President of Silver Dolphins Swim Team, Secretary of the Oromocto 189 Navy League Cadet Corp, President of the Lincoln Ladies Progressive Conservative Association, Chair of the Oromocto Friday Night Seniors Cards, she was a Fredericton and Area Goodwill Ambassador, a member of the Sunbury Senior Citizen Friendship Group, a volunteer for the VON, Senior Goodwill Ambassador, a Diamond Jubilee Certificate of Recognition Award Winner, a Silver Cross Mother, and was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Metal for Outstanding Community Service, won the Annual Oromocto Pioneer Kate contest numerous times and collected for the Cancer Society and the Heart and Stroke Funds for years just to name a few.
In early years, Mom worked at Woolworths at the Oromocto Mall, Goans On in Burton and in later years was a self employed care giver, her most famous client was writer and founder of the Kindness Club, Aida Flemming, wife of Premier Hugh John Flemming.
On behalf of Mom, we would like to thank all the doctors, nurses, homecare workers, staff and volunteers from the Oromocto Public Hospital, the OPH Duffie Unit, the Gagetown Special Care Home and especially Pine Grove Nursing home who treated mom with compassion respect and dignity we are forever thankful.
A visitation will be held at the Oromocto Funeral Home on Saturday, May 7, 2022, from 12 pm – 2 pm. A Royal Canadian Legion Branch #93 and Ladies Auxiliary tribute will take place during visiting at 12:30 pm, followed by an Eastern Star Branch # 3 tribute at 12:45 pm. A Memorial service will be held at the Oromocto United Church on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 3 pm with Rev. Lori Beth Sheffield-Bowles officiating. In accordance with the church’s policies, attendees must wear masks and sanitize while in the church. Interment will follow at the Lower Lincoln Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes in Betty’s honor may be made to the Lower Lincoln Cemetery or to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 93, Oromocto.