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Del Marie Powell

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Del Marie Powell was born November 16, 1939 to the union of Henry P. Hunter and Mildred L. Hunter of Monroe, Louisiana. She received her formative education from the Monroe Louisiana School District and graduated from Carroll High School in 1958. Soon after graduation Del Marie relocated to Berkeley, CA where she lived with Juanita “Aunt Bob” and Ollie “Uncle Buddy” Duckins to continue her education at Merritt College.

Del Marie accepted Christ, at an early age, was baptized and became a member of the True Vine Baptist Church in Monroe, LA under the pastorage of Rev. Robert Homes where she served in the Sunshine Band, the Junior Union Usher Board and sang in the Youth Choir. After relocating to Berkeley, CA, Del Marie united with the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Oakland, CA under the pastorage of Rev. Dr.  Arilee Hightower where she served on the Adult Usher Board. Del Marie later moved to San Francisco, CA uniting with Paradise Missionary Baptist Church under the pastorage of Rev. Dr. Ray Howard, Sr. where she served on the Adult Usher Board. She later moved back to the Eastbay uniting with the New Bethel Baptist Church under the pastorage of Rev. Dr. Lloyd Farr. Del Marie served faithfully in many capacities Women’s Ministry, Choir, Armorer Bearer and Deaconess. She started the “Pot-O-Grits” Ministry that increased Sunday School attendance tremendously as attendees would get a hot bowl of grits, bacon, eggs and toast before Sunday School. She later moved to Goodyear, AZ uniting with the First Institutional Baptist Church under the pastorage of Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr., she served faithfully in the Choir, Maryvale Mission Circle, Pastor’s Aide and organized FIBC’s first “100 Women in White” Night of Prayer. She later moved to Buckeye, AZ where she united with Faith, Hope and Love Community Church (formally known as Mt. Pleasant Church) under the pastorage of Dr. Rodney Pearson. There she served faithfully in the Ruth Circle, TREE Ministry, she formed the Pastor’s Aide and worked in any capacity that would uplift the name of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

In 1962, Del Marie married Earl L. Powell, Sr., to this union four children were born: Earl Luther, Jr., Kim Marie, Pope Lorenzo and Henry Price.

In 1968, Del Marie participated in a Federal Government Affirmative Action Training Program at United Airlines. The Training Program offered a variety of training programs to women of color in the airline industry. After completing the program Del Marie and lifelong friends Fran Lowery, Juanita Brown, Iberia Hamlett became United Airlines Employees joining the International Association of Machinist (IAM) Union. While at United Del Marie received her Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airframe and Powerplant License in 1985 becoming one of the first African American Female Airline Mechanics for United Airlines. Del Marie retired from United Airlines in 1999 after 31 years of service.

Mother Del Marie Powell was preceded in death by her mother, Mildred L. Newton, her father, Henry P. Hunter, Sr., her sisters, Ella B. Ratcliff and Linda Hurt, and brother, Ralph E. Hunter, her sons, Minister Earl L. Powell, Jr., and Minister Pope L. Powell.

She leaves to cherish and celebrate her life and memory daughter, Kim Marie Stroman of Buckeye, AZ, son, Henry Price Powell and wife, Bridget of Keller, TX; daughter-in-law, Toni Powell of South San Francisco, CA; three brothers: Henry P. Hunter (Mary) and Sidney Hunter (Delores) both of Detroit, MI, Michael Hunter of Milwaukee, WI; four sisters: Twin sister Zora Brown (Tommie) and JoAnn Davis both of Tulsa, OK, Ida Marie Reynolds and Thelma Wiggins both of Detroit, MI; thirteen grandchildren: Earl L. Powell, III, Jairus Powell, Jorim Powell, Raymond Pinkston, II, Ryan Pinkston, Royce Pinkston, Donnise Powell, Chaunise Powell, Janise Powell, Lanise Powell, Price Jordan Powell, Naomi Simone Powell and Kiera Marie Powell; three great-granddaughters and a host of family and friends.

A public viewing is scheduled for Tuesday, June 23, 2020 from 6 to 8pm at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. in Goodyear. Traditional funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 10am at the same location.

19 Comments on “Del Marie Powell

  1. Thank’s for everything Mama Dell. I will allways keep you in my heart.

    • Rest Peacefully In Paradise. I love and miss you Cousin. In my heart I carry the memories we shared forever.
      Love Wanda Gail

  2. Ms Dell became my friend while volunteering in the kitchen at the Buckeye Senior Center. She will be dearly missed.

  3. I’m so sorry to hear of Miss Del’s passing she was a very kind soul and volunteered at the Buckeye Senior Center where I met her. I was a true pleasure to know her. My thoughts and prayers will be with her family. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful person with us

  4. We were so sad to hear that Del Marie had passed. What a wonderful life. Our thoughts are with her family during this difficult time.

  5. Kim, I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. She sounds like she lived life and accomplished great things. You have wonderful memories to cherish forever. Please accept my condolences, thoughts, and prayers as you celebrate her life this week.


  6. Hello Kim,
    My deepest sympathy on the loss of your mom. I know that this is a difficult time for you but remember that she is and always will be with you in spirit and the love you have for her will never go away. Blessings to you and your family.
    Carmen McDonald

  7. Sis Dell is at peace and at rest! She possessed a beautiful spirit and a generous heart! She was one of the older, wiser women teaching the younger ones. I served on the Pot of Grits Ministry with her and several other ministries at New Bethel. Praying for the family!

  8. I will miss the phone calls that Del would call to check on me! The first time that I meet Del. On Rutherford. Thur Ella. We became friends! A great Lady! R.I.H.P!

  9. To the Powell Family you have my deepest condolences our family’s goes way back my prayers are with you.

  10. Prayers for this wonderful family. Thank God for a beautiful woman with alot of contributions.

  11. My condolences to Dell’s family . She was such an amazing lady.
    Jackie Harris

  12. Rest Peacefully In Paradise. I love and miss you Cousin. In my heart I carry the memories we shared forever.
    Love Wanda Gail

  13. Del you will truly be missed, cousin. Rest in peace,love you. Kim and family my thoughts and prayers are with you love always.
    Your cousin Mary

  14. My condolences to the entire family. I know Del to have been a committed grandmother to my nieces. I will miss seeing her at family events. May God comfort you all in His tender arms at this difficult time. She will be missed dearly.

  15. Family we love you all sorry for your lost. My condolences to the entire family. Del was a great Woman of God and we enjoy worshiping with her. If it anything you need please let us know

  16. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to visit with you about this same time last year. I will cherish the memories we shared and I will miss your Lemon pie. Hope cousin Kim master the recipe to continue your legacy😊

    Rest peacefully,
    Auntie Del

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