Dorothy K. Powell
Dorothy K. Powell
  • August 6, 1922 - January 11, 2018
  • Houston, Texas

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Celebrating the life of Dorothy Katherine Kessler Powell, beloved mother, cousin, aunt, Memaw, and friend, born August 6, 1922, in Denver Harbor, Texas to George and Katherine Kessler. Dorothy's life was full, always surrounded by the love of family and friends, as was her passing from this life on January 11, 2018.
Dorothy graduated from Jefferson Davis High School in 1940. On December 23, 1944, she married Carl Powell. They were married for 54 years, until Carl's passing in 1999. She worked as a secretary for HISD for 27 years, retiring in 1984.
As a founding member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8930 Ladies Auxiliary in 1952, Dorothy remained very active in the VFW Ladies Auxiliary for almost 60 years. She enjoyed volunteering at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VA Hospital) and accumulated over 4,000 volunteer hours. She was also a member of the Sons of Hermann Lodge for over 50 years. Dorothy practiced her Catholic faith as a member of Resurrection Catholic Church until 1980, when she and Carl moved from Denver Harbor.
Dorothy loved her family. She was always there for everyone, no matter what they needed. She always wanted to know how the kids were doing in school and after school activities. You could always count on her to buy whatever you or your kids were selling for whatever fundraiser you were selling it for. And she never forgot to send a birthday card, ever. Dorothy was always on the go. She went on every trip, attended every dance, and went to coffee every morning. She had great friends that she played cards or dominoes with every day. And she always had a new joke to tell.
Dorothy saw so many amazing things in her 95 years such as the invention of the television, the microwave oven, and Silly Putty. She saw many things lost to technology like shorthand, the encyclopedia, and the telephone book. She lived through wartime and peacetime. She saw two new stars added to the United States flag as we added Alaska and Hawaii to our union. She lived to see man land on the moon and to see the Challenger disaster. She lived through 16 presidents. What an incredible journey her life was.
Dorothy is survived by her son Wayne and wife Jackie, son Gary and wife Jo Ann; grandchildren Waynette Harp and husband David, Craig Powell and wife Laura, Leah Akins, Steven Nash, and Taylor Powell; great-grandchildren Megan Harp, Cooper Harp, Christopher Walker, Zoe Powell, Zachery Powell, Zander Powell, Madelyn Nash, Kaitlyn Nash, Destini Ashe and husband Quinton, Ricardo Molina, and Ava Molina; great-great-grandchild Christian Walker; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews that were very dear to her.