Irene L. Powell

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Ilene LaVon Powell

Nov. 4, 1919 - Jan. 25, 2018

McCOOK, Neb. — Ilene LaVon Powell of McCook passed away Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, at Community Hospital in McCook. She was 98 years old.

Ilene was born on Nov. 4, 1919, at Palisade, Neb., to parents, Thomas B. and Lottie (Mosley) Smith. She attended school at Culbertson, Neb. She worked several years as a clerk and postmaster for the U.S. Post Office and later at Hillcrest Nursing Home after receiving her CNA (certified nursing assistant) certificate.

She was united in marriage to Edward Propp in Culbertson. To this union a son, Ronald Lee, was born. Edward preceded her in death in 1980. Several years later she married Vernon Powell at McCook.

Ilene was a member of the United Methodist Church. She enjoyed sewing, cooking and crafts.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Thomas and Lottie Smith; two husbands, Edward Propp and Vernon Powell; son, Ronald Propp; two sisters, Tressa Butterfield and Grace McLeland; brothers, Roy, Jess, Charles, and Howard Smith; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Survivors include her nieces, Joyce McLeland of McCook, Zila Tsirlis and Shirley Tippery, both of Yountville, Calif.; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

Memorials may be given in her name and left at Herrmann-Jones Funeral Chapel, 607 Norris Ave., McCook, NE 69001.

The family will honor Ilene’s wishes to be cremated. A graveside service at Riverview Cemetery is planned in the spring.

Herrmann-Jones Funeral Chapel of McCook is entrusted with arrangements.