Bertha Louise Willeke Powers was born December 4, 1933, in San Angelo, TX to Anton and Eula Mae Willeke. She is preceded in death by her father and mother, her eldest brother, Tony, and her daughter, Katherine Ann. She is survived by her older brother, Gus, of Burnett; her son, Wyman and his wife, Janie, of Horseshoe Bay; her daughter, Barbi Carrigan and husband, David; four grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and one great-great granddaughter.
Growing up on farms in the west Texas towns of Garden City and Marathon, she spent her high school years at a Catholic boarding school in San Antonio. Upon graduation, she was married to JW Powers. Over the years she worked many jobs to support her small young family as a single mom, including as a secretary in the oil fields and a waitress and bartender at the Eagles Lodge. Always extrovert, she enjoyed time with friends, especially in bowling leagues. Once her children were grown, she took a job with the FDIC which allowed her to travel the country and live in the cities of New Orleans, Little Rock, Houston, and Dallas. She retired in 1999 and spent her retirement years volunteering at schools and hospitals as well as living and traveling with family.
She passed away on Saturday, September 9th at home at the age of 89 surrounded by family.
No story of Louise Powers would be complete without the mention of her beloved dogs, Prissy, and Jazzie. They were her companions for many years, and she loved them dearly.
A memorial service will be held Friday, September 15th at 11:00 am at the Fairmont Park Church of Christ in Midland with lunch to follow.