CARBONDAE — Mary Joyce Powell, 82, of St. Charles, Missouri, formerly of Carbondale, passed away Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in the Lewis and Clark Gardens in St. Charles, Missouri.
Mary was born Feb. 28, 1936, to Lewis and Sara May (Tipton) Parker in Carrollton, Kentucky.
She married Martin Henry Powell on Aug. 20, 1966, in Bloomington, Indiana.
He preceded her in death Sept. 21, 1981.
Mary is survived by her son, David Powell and wife, Jackie; stepsons, Richard Powell and wife, Toni, Martin Powell and wife, Joyce, and Thomas Powell; grandson, Shayne Powell; stepgrandchildren, Abbey, Anna, Matthew, Martin Henry Powell IV, Emily and Jameson Powell; and very close nephew, John Bickel Jr. and wife, Lauren; and niece, Sandra Lawson.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
Mary attended Indiana University where she obtained her bachelor's and master's degree in nursing education. She went on and obtained her doctorate in higher education from SIU in Carbondale.
Mary loved to teach which was evident from her different roles as educator over the years. She was first employed as a nursing instructor at Los Angeles County General Hospital, then as an assistant professor for the department of nursing at SIU at both Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses. She then worked as the assistant project director for Southern Illinois Health Manpower Consortium at SIUC and was the associate chief of Nursing Service for Education at the Marion Veterans Hospital. She also did in-service education at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. Her professional memberships included Phi Kappa Phi, American Association of University Women, Sigma Theta Tau (Honorary for Nurses), Pi Lambda Theta (Honorary Fraternity for Women in Education), and life memberships of both SIU and Indiana Alumni Universities.
Mary was a devout Christian with faith being a very important part of her life. She was an active member of Trinity Baptist Church in Murphysboro for many years. Mary was caring and kind and will be missed by all who knew her.
Services for Mary will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in Meredith Funeral Home in Carbondale. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Carbondale. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials in her Mary's name may be made to Indiana University School of Nursing or SIU Nursing Scholarships.
To share a story or memory of Mary, visit www.meredithfh.com.