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POWERS, Ella Belle (EB) (Good)

Thursday, April 1, 2004

Ella Belle (EB) Powers, 88, a lifetime resident of Chickasha passed away on Thursday, April 1, 2004, while on a vacation tour in New Orleans, La. EB, the youngest child of Jacob Calvin Good and Ella Belle Leonard Good, was born at the family home in Chickasha on March 24, 1916.


Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 7, at the First Presbyterian Church of Chickasha, with interment following at Rose Hill Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Sevier Funeral Home, Chickasha.


EB grew up in Chickasha where she graduated from Chickasha High School in 1931.

 

After receiving her degree in home economics from Oklahoma College for Women (now the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma) in 1935, she became a home economics teacher in the Rush Springs public schools. On Feb. 17, 1940, EB married Roy William Powers and together they raised three sons.


In January of 1954, she went to work as a home service economist for Public Service Electric Co., working out of the Chickasha office of PSCo. EB was responsible for home economics-related customer service for the entire southwest Oklahoma region. She was well known for her cooking demonstrations and “helpful kitchen tips for using the latest electrical appliances.” In 1978, she retired from the electric company following 24 years of service.


EB, along with her family, was an active, longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Chickasha. She has served as an elder in the church, was a participative member of the Presbyterian Women’s Association and was active in the church’s community food programs.


During her lifetime, EB Powers was an enthusiastic participant in a wide variety of community services and personal activities. A loving wife, mother and close friend to many, she loved to dance, play contact bridge, travel and spend time with her family.

 

Those are the activities that she especially enjoyed following her retirement.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy William Powers, her son, Oliver Bennett Powers, her second husband Vernon Hines and his son James Richard Hines, and three brothers Leonard Phelps Good, Calvin Favorite Good and John Daniel Good.


She is survived by two sons, Roy William Powers II and wife Janelle of Norman, Robert Leonard Powers and wife Kathy of Laguna Niguel, Calif.; daughter-in-law Anita Louise Powers of Oklahoma City; one sister, Mary Swineford of Chickasha; five grandchildren Roy William Powers III and wife Jenny of McKinney, Texas, Molly Lyn (Powers) Murado and husband Alexander of Fort Worth, Texas, Robert Mark Powers and wife Jamie of Midland, Texas, Isaiah Lucas Powers of Oklahoma City and Micah Joel Powers of Oklahoma City; three great grandchildren Ryan William Powers, Conner James Powers and Mallory Elizabeth Powers.


Other survivors include sister-in-law Yoshie Good, step-daughter Sarita Mullinex and husband Roy of Oklahoma City; Sarita’s daughter Diedra Gordon and husband Paul; step-daughter-in-law Judi Hines of Hanford, Calif., and children Christina Kathleen Hines and Richard Hines.