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Posted: Monday, October 21, 2013 11:10 am

SILVER CREEK — Jean Powers, 88, died Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the United Methodist Church in Silver Creek with the Rev. Murry Johnston officiating and burial in the Silver Creek Cemetery.

Visitation at the church will be 5-7 p.m. Monday and continue at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. McKown Funeral Home is in charge.


(Ilva) Jean Powers was born Jan. 8, 1925, at Venango to David and Myrtle (Chaney) Newth. Jean was the seventh child, having four older brothers and two older sisters. She attended Venango Public School, graduating in 1941, followed by Kearney State College for two years. After teaching at Imperial and then Venango, Jean came to Silver Creek in the fall of 1945 to teach grade music and seventh and eighth grades.

On Jan. 26, 1945, Jean married Ned Powers of Silver Creek in a service on her family farm in Venango. To this union were born five children: Kenneth (stillborn), Steven, Nancy, David and Douglas.

Ned and Jean lived in Silver Creek for most of their married life, residing in their long-time home for 60 years. She taught in western Nebraska for two years and in the Silver Creek school system for 27 years followed by several years of substitute teaching in the area schools. Ned died in 2006. Jean moved to Norfolk in the spring of 2012, residing at The Meadows until her death Friday.

Jean was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, American Legion Auxiliary, United Methodist Women and Senior Citizens. She was a lifelong, avid reader, sharing that love with others until the end. While teaching in the Silver Creek school system, Jean touched many lives, even teaching three generations of some families.

Jean Powers is survived by four children, Steve and Shirley Powers of Norfolk, Nancy and Wayne Wruble of Chandler, Ariz., Dave Powers of Omaha and Doug and Karen Powers of North Platte; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Burle Newth of Venango.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ned, one son and one grandson

Remembrances can be sent to www.mckownfuneralhome.com.

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