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Obituaries

January 6, 2013

Melba Ann Powell

of Sellersburg

Funeral services for Melba Ann Powell, of Sellersburg, will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the Garr Funeral Home, Sellersburg. A kind and generous soul was called home to God Jan. 4, 2013.

She was the devoted wife of Walter Haynes Powell and was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and daughter. She will be greatly missed by her family David and Susan Powell of Greenville and their sons Brennan and Caden, Kelly and Scott Richter of Strongsville, Ohio with their children Christopher, Olivia, Evan and Landon and Christy and Gene Hubbard of Phoenix, with their children Summer, Jacob, August and Winter. She is survived by her niece Denise Whitesides-Skeeba and her family Courtney and Marek Skeeba, of Kansas; her sister, Rhonda Ferber of New Albany; and her brother and sister-in-law, Gene and Carolyn Ferber of New Albany; along with her many nieces, all of whom she loved. 

She was preceded in death and thus greeted in heaven by her loving parents, Lawrence and Margaret Ferber; and her sister, Linda Whitesides.

Anyone who knew her loved her and while she raised her family her home was always filled with neighborhood children and friends. She braved many freezing days and long hours on the bleachers watching her daughter Kelly excel in high school sports, held her breath and prayed for her son David’s safety as he raced stock cars and openly embraced the Navajo culture of Christy’s husband and children.

 She was born Oct. 6, 1941, in New Albany, just months before the start of World War II, in which her father fought.  She graduated from Providence High School. She was a model of hard work and independence and began her first job at a neighborhood drug store at the age of 13. Had it not been for chronic illness that forced her into retirement she would have still been working at Pillsbury where she was a distribution manager and had many dear friends and colleagues. Our mother loved life and fun. She took many family trips to the ocean and ensured we made an annual trek to Kings Island every year. She never would have chosen housework over a chance to do something fun with us and she always encouraged us in our pursuits. Her passing was unexpected, but was peaceful — while she slept next to her dog Daisy, who she cherished. She will be missed, but she has touched the lives of so many and her gentle spirit lives on in them.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until the time of service Tuesday at the funeral home. All who knew and loved her are encouraged to attend.

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