Barbara B. Powell
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Barbara B. Powell
  • July 17, 1920 - November 6, 2017
  • Fort Wayne, Indiana

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BARBARA BOWMAN POWELL, 97, of Fort Wayne, passed away Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. She was the widow of Dr. Melvin J. Powell. Born July 17, 1920, in Marlborough, Mass., she was the daughter of Dr. Charles A. and Ida Mae Bowman.

Barbara trained as a nurse at Newton Wellesley Hospital, Newton, Mass. She worked in the laboratory at Framingham Hospital, Framingham, Mass., until joining the Navy Nurse Corps at Chelsea Navy Hospital. During World War II, she met Melvin J. Powell; they were married on June 22, 1946 at Martha Mary Chapel, Wayside Inn in Sudbury, Mass.

In 1953, after her husband completed a Radiology Residency at Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia the family moved to Fort Wayne where Dr. Powell worked at St. Joseph Hospital. Barbara was involved with functions for the hospital as well as the Fort Wayne - Allen County Medical Society's Woman's Auxiliary and the Women's Club of Fort Wayne where she served in several positions. Barbara was involved in the arts and volunteered at the Fort Wayne Art Museum. Barbara loved gardening, was an excellent seamstress and loved her family life. Barbara and her husband were active members of Plymouth Congregational Church where they were members since 1958.

Surviving are sons, M. Jack Powell Jr. of Naples, Fla., Bruce C. Powell of Boone, N.C. and Dr. David K. (Kay) Powell of Fort Wayne; and daughter, Joanne B. Powell of Richmond, Va.; eight grandchildren, Dr. Emilie Powell, Elliott (Sarah) Powell, Leah (Ryan) Barlow, Matthew Powell, Drs. Dana (Andrew) Hollenbeck, Sara Powell, Devin Powell, and Joe Evans; and three great-grandchildren, Delaney and Margaret Hollenbeck and Leila Powell.

Memorial Service is noon Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at Greenlawn Funeral Home, 6750 Covington Road, Fort Wayne (IN 46804) with visitation from 10 a.m. to noon. Preferred memorials to Plymouth Congregational Church or Cancer Services of N.E. Indiana.