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11/03/18 - NNHS Newsletter - Margaret Saunders Powers

Margaret Elizabeth Saunders Powers
(12 Mar 1924 - 24 Oct 2018)

Newport News High School Class of June 1941

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

    There is yet more sad news today.
Margaret Saunders Powers, Class of June 1941, sister of Charles Saunders of KS and of the late Effie Saunders Kowalski ('3_), passed away in Williamsburg on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at the age of 94. 

From the Daily Press - 11/03/18:   

                   Margaret Saunders Powers


WILLIAMSBURG - Margaret Elizabeth Saunders Powers passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on October 24, 2018, at Hospice House of Williamsburg.

She was born on March 12, 1924, in Winston-Salem, NC, grew up in Newport News, VA, and resided in Williamsburg for 56 years.

Margaret graduated from Newport News High School in 1941, and received her B.A. degree in English from Alabama College (now the University of Montevallo), Montevallo, AL, in 1957. She earned her M.Ed. degree from The College of William and Mary in 1966, and spent the duration of her career with the Department of the Army as a Supervisory Education Specialist in the aviation branch of the Transportation School at Fort Eustis, VA, until her retirement in 1987.



Margaret is survived by her sons: Thomas K. Powers (Colleen) of Williamsburg, and their children, Dr. Kendall Ann Mitchell (Courtney) of Goldsboro, NC, and Jordan T. Powers of Irvine, CA; and Charles R. Powers (Joyce) of Auburn, NY. She is also survived by her brother, Charles G. Saunders, Jr., of Overland Park, KS; her nieces, Patricia K. Marcum of Suffolk, VA; Lee S. Barks of Tampa, FL; Martha S. Nowak (Kent) of Olathe, KS; and nephew, Maxim A. Kowalski, Jr., (Sylvia) of Suffolk, VA, and many other family members.

She was preceded in death by her loving parents, Charles G. Saunders, Sr., and Lila J. Saunders of Newport News, VA, and her beloved sister, Effie Mae S. Kowalski of Poquoson, VA.

Margaret was an accomplished watercolor artist and avid wildlife advocate. She was extremely well read and loved history and genealogy. She also possessed an intense interest in politics and world events. She loved to cook and enjoyed sharing food and recipes.

Margaret also belonged to numerous organizations including the Daughters of the American Revolution, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Order of the Eastern Star, and was a long-time member of Walnut Hills Baptist Church.

A generous and compassionate person, she gave her time, encouragement and comfort to those in need. For her love and devotion to her family and friends, her constant giving spirit and commitment to the lives she touched, she will be dearly missed.

A memorial service to celebrate Margaret's life is planned for Saturday, November 10, 2018, at 2 p.m. at Walnut Hills Baptist Church, 1014 Jamestown Rd., Williamsburg, VA. Interment will be private.

The family wishes to express their deep appreciation to Dr. James P. Majdic and his care team; Mrs. Kathy Nestor and her nursing staff at Sentara Hospital; her loving Spring Arbor family; her tender hospice nurses, and the staff of Williamsburg Hospice House.

In lieu of flowers, if desired, memorial contributions would be welcome at The Heritage Humane Society, 930 Waller Mill Rd., Williamsburg, VA 23185; Meals on Wheels, 227 Richmond Rd., Williamsburg, VA 23185; or The Salvation Army, 216 Ironbound Rd., Williamsburg, VA 23188.

Nelsen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press on November 03, 2018. 

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   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mrs. Powers' family and friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


For All the Saints

- Lyrics by William W. How (1823-1897) , 1864
Music (Sine Nomine) by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), 1906

For all the saints
who from their labors rest,
Who thee by faith
before the world confessed.
Thy name, O Jesus,
be forever blest.

Thou wast their Rock,
their Fortress and their Might;
Thou, Lord, their captain
in the well-fought fight;
Thou, in the darkness drear,
their one true light.

O may Thy soldiers,
faithful, true, and bold,
Fight as the saints
who nobly fought of old,
And win with them
the victor's crown of gold.

And when the strife is fierce,
the warfare long,
Steals on the ear
the distant triumph song,
And hearts are brave again,
and arms are strong.

From earth's wide bounds,
from ocean's farthest coast,
Thro' gates of pearl
streams in the countless host,
Singing to Father,
Son, and Holy Ghost,


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