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Mildred Irene Garlett Powell

Mildred Irene Garlett Powell, 84, passed away peacefully at her home in rural Texas County, Missouri, near Sargent on February 6, 2009.

She was born on January 28, 1925 in Sargent Township of Texas County, Missouri, the daughter of the late Harrison Alexander and Martha “Mattie” Ann (Wonnell) Garlett. Mildred’s great-grandfathers homesteaded in Sargent Township right after the Civil War.

Mildred met Fred Francis Powell in Missouri before World War II. They wrote letters to each other while he served overseas in the Army repairing the construction equipment on the Burma Road. When the war was over, Fred asked Mildred to marry him; they were married on January 14, 1946 in Moab, Utah, where her family had moved from Missouri.

Fred and Mildred lived briefly in Florida, and then moved back to Missouri to the same farm where she was living at the time of her passing. Their growing family lived there until Fred suddenly passed away on February 24, 1956. At that time Mildred and her children moved to Salt Lake City to be near family; they returned to the Missouri farm in 1961.

Mildred was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Fred, buried in Sargent Cemetery; and her brother, Harrison Garlett, Jr.

She is survived by her children, John Weldon Powell of Arcata, California, Jane Frances Walker of Willow Springs, Missouri, William Jay “Bill” Powell of Ashland, Missouri, Mary Kathleen Brandner of Springfield, Missouri, Rebecca Ann “Becky” Blankenship of Almaty, Kazakhstan, Central Asia, and Samuel Frederick Powell of Willow Springs; seven grandchildren, Rachel Powell, Hannah and Jonah Powell, Dylan and Caleb Powell, and Julia and Eric Brandner; her siblings, Margaret and Pearl of Arkansas, Wilma and Roberta of Utah, Harold of Texas, Helen of Washington state, and Shirley of St. Ingbert, Germany.

Mildred was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1958 and was very active and faithful in her service to God until her death. She had strong faith in the promise by Jesus Christ of a Resurrection in John 5:28, 29, and looked forward to seeing her husband and other loved ones again. She dearly loved all her children and grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, February 14, 2009, at 2:00 p.m at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses on West Business Highway 60 in Cabool, Missouri. Arrangements are under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home, Cabool.

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