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Mary Lou Powell

1934 - 2021

Mary Lou, 87, of Golden, was peacefully embraced by her Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ on November 6, 2021. She was the widow of Ron Sr. and, more recently, the wife of Maurice Ohman. She was the mother of Ron Jr., Merede Mattison and Melissa Newkirk; mother-in-law to Sue, Dave and John; and grandmother to Lizzy, Ben, Rachel, Tristine, Jonathan, Mandy, Katie and Sarah; great-grandmother of 7. Mary Lou was born in Minnesota and raised in the small town of Lake City. In 1956 she traveled by train to work in Yellowstone Park where she met Ron Powell from TX. They married, had 3 children and settled in the foothills of Denver where they lived for nearly 60 years and Ron worked for Martin Marietta. Ron passed away in 2010. Mary Lou was a prolific speaker throughout the country, speaking to over 1,000 churches, Christian Women’s Clubs and MOP’s groups. Nicknamed “Second Hand Rose”, by Eva Hodges of the Denver Post, she gave a trunk show on how to buy used clothes and then shared her life story beginning with her difficult childhood and culminating with her testimony of faith in Jesus Christ. She was the featured guest speaker for many women’s retreats, her topic being Forgiveness and Restoration through Jesus Christ. Mary Lou was known for being a prayer warrior and having unwavering faith, which was very evident in her last days. She had a fun sense of humor and quite the dramatic flair. Friends and family looked forward to her Christmas cards and letters. For many years she would hand-paint each card in water-color and address the envelopes in her beautiful calligraphy. Learning to skate as a child on Lake Pepin on the mighty Mississippi River, she was a vision of grace and beauty on the ice at Homewood Park and Evergreen Lake. She was known for her amazing peach cobbler, the Million dollar cake and her delicious southern, home-cooked meals. Always up on current events, she loved Ronald Reagan and Rush Limbaugh. Many a day would find her shopping in Evergreen at Echo, or Goodwill in Golden, adding to her extensive, elegant wardrobe with her loving husband, Maurice, whom she married in 2015. Her warm, beautiful smile and peaceful countenance were a blessing to those around her. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, GG and friend and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 10:00 am at Aspen Ridge Church in Evergreen, Colorado. 

There will be a luncheon following the Funeral Service.

Memorial Contributions:

Gideon’s International

Denver Rescue Mission

Mt. Evans Hospice

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