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Celebrating the life of

Marilyn Thomas Powers

Passed away on December 16, 2019

Marilyn Thomas Powers

Marilyn Thomas Powers, 94, of Tybee Island, GA, passed away on December 16, 2019 peacefully in her sleep.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 20, 2019 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel with a rosary beginning at 6:30 p.m. led by Father Thomas Peyton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at St. Michael’s Catholic Church on Tybee Island on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. celebrated by Monsignor P. James Costigan, VF of St. Peter The Apostle Catholic Church. Burial will follow the Mass at Hillcrest Abbey Memorial Park. Reception to follow.

Marilyn was born in Charleston, SC on April 16, 1925. She graduated from Bishop England High School and then received a scholarship to attend Ursuline College in Louisville, KY.

Marilyn was married to John Joseph Powers on November 3, 1943; they were married 44 years.

Marilyn was predeceased by her husband, John Joseph Powers and her son, Michael Thomas Powers. She is survived by her son John Powers of Savannah; her daughters - Therese Powers of Savannah; Patrice Powers of Chicago, Illinois; and Kathleen Powers Mayers of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; her grandchildren - Joshua Powers of Fairfax, Virginia, Zachary Powers of Arlington, Virginia, and Logan Sevier (Stephanie) of Richmond Hill, Georgia, Emma, Caroline, and Honora Mayers of Hilton Head, and great grandchild Baleigh Sevier of Richmond Hill; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to The Wounded Warrior Project and the Carmelite Sisters of Savannah, GA.

Marilyn traveled the world as a young army bride, residing in Kaiserslautern, Germany and Orleans, France. She and her family lived among the locals instead of on the base – despite the immersive experience she remained firmly a Charlestonian. After making homes in a myriad of cities in Europe and the US, she moved to Tybee Island in 1963, where she lived on Miller Avenue for nearly 55 years. It was on 12th Street beach that she perfected her minnow-catching and sandcastle building. She was an excellent hostess with a special love for all things Christmas. She was a skilled cook, with a knack for the Thanksgiving favorite of rice and gravy. The queen of “DIY”, there was never any problem that couldn’t deftly be fixed by her able hands. To her children and grandchildren, she passed on an avid love of both sports and reading – The Tom Brady, Joe Montana, and Phil Mickelson fan clubs have each lost a founding member. In the college ranks, supporting any team other than the Notre Dame Fighting Irish was blasphemy. Because of her, there is not a Powers in the world who would turn down a good book. Marilyn gave tirelessly to causes she believed in, donating her time and resources to any number of charities that she held close to her heart. She was a parishioner of St. Michael’s Catholic Church on Tybee, to which she held an enduring loyalty. Deeply religious, she had a love-worn stack of prayer cards which she recited every night before bed. She had a special devotion to the Blessed Mother and the Rosary.

 

 

 

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Godspeed my long time friend. I will remember the good times. God's blessings to all your loving family.

- ann canney, savannah, GA


My sincere condolences. Marilyn was an incredible woman. May her memory always be a blessing.

- Kelli plotz, geneva, il


We loved Marilyn and we shared her love for Notre Dame football. I enjoyed working with her and she was such a class act.

- Ted and Lynn Lynch, Tybee Island , Ga


My deepest condolences for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Les Stinnett

- Les Stinnett, Longview, TX


Prayers and condolences to your family. God bless

- Jay Mathiesen, Kansas City, MO


My thoughts and condolences are with your family during this difficult time. God Bless, Jon

- Jon Markle, Bluffton, SC


My grandmother Marilyn she is best friend in this family

- Caroline Mayers, Hilton Head Island , SC


The Kramer family send their condolences to John, Josh, Zach, Stephanie and all of the Powers family. We are remembering each of you in prayer. Sincerely, Fred, Beckie, Hannah, Frederick and Lorraine Beecher.

- Rebecca Kramer, Rincon, GA


Marilyn and her family were wonderful neighbors , living next door on Tybee since 1969. Our condolences to all her family , children and grandchildren. This lovely /special lady will be missed by all of us. Love and Prayers, She will always have a special place in our hearts.

- Margie and Ken Turner, Tybee Island, GA


I was deeply saddened to hear of Marilyn's passing, and send sincere condolences to the entire family at this most difficult of times. Being a lifelong friend of the Powers clan, I have many great memories of the days of my youth, in the Cathedral Parish, the K of C #631, then through the '60's at Tybee, and St. Michael's Parish with John & his family, as we shared a mutual love for Notre Dame, the University, and the football Program. In later years, as I returned to Tybee very often from Pittsburgh, I always enjoyed seeing Marilyn at the Post Office, and discussing many Happy, and some not so Happy results of Irish football games. I know you are comfortable in the sure Faith that she has passed through death to eternal life with our Blessed Lord, and Mary Immaculate forever. May God Bless You and Marilyn's memory, Jack

- Jack Daniels, Tybee Island, Ga.


May God’s perpetual light shine upon her. Mrs. Powers was a special light in a very special place. Peace to all of you.

- Debbie Weaver Cela, Hardeeville , Sc


John and entire family, Was sorry to read about your Mother. She was a wonderful Southern lady who will be missed. Our prayers are with all of you'll.

- Jackie and Charlie Brown, Tybee Island/Metter, Ga


What I would not give to see my Mom with your Mom, drinking coffee and laughing again. . .I always say my childhood could not have been better than the time on Tybee. Our mothers were extraordinary and we will love them always. May you find sweet comfort in the full life that she lived. With deep sympathy, Vanessa Bernstein-Goldman

- Vanessa Bernstein-Goldman, Atlanta, Georgia


May her memory be eternal..our deepest condolences to all the Powers family.

- Jimmy & Anastasia Kotis, St. Louis, MO


Dear John, Therese and all the extended Powers family, please accept our deepest sympathies, condolences and prayers on the passing of your dear Mom. May her soul rest in peace

- Chris Desa, Savànnah, Ga


My Aunt Marilyn was the last of a long line of wonderful relatives from the 'greatest generation'. She will be missed by all, but especially the extended Powers family. Many of them lived long lives with wonderful families and they will all be sorely missed.

- Terry Powers, SPRINGFIELD, VA


Marilyn was a lovely lady who was a pleasure to have known. My love and prayers to her wonderful children and grandchildren.

- Ellen Lloyd , Savannah, GA


A candle has been lit!

- Kelly and Alex Hunt , Georg


Godspeed my long time friend. I will remember the good times. God's blessings to all your loving family.

- ann canney, savannah, GA


My sincere condolences. Marilyn was an incredible woman. May her memory always be a blessing.

- Kelli plotz, geneva, il


We loved Marilyn and we shared her love for Notre Dame football. I enjoyed working with her and she was such a class act.

- Ted and Lynn Lynch, Tybee Island , Ga


My deepest condolences for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Les Stinnett

- Les Stinnett, Longview, TX


Prayers and condolences to your family. God bless

- Jay Mathiesen, Kansas City, MO


My thoughts and condolences are with your family during this difficult time. God Bless, Jon

- Jon Markle, Bluffton, SC


My grandmother Marilyn she is best friend in this family

- Caroline Mayers, Hilton Head Island , SC


The Kramer family send their condolences to John, Josh, Zach, Stephanie and all of the Powers family. We are remembering each of you in prayer. Sincerely, Fred, Beckie, Hannah, Frederick and Lorraine Beecher.

- Rebecca Kramer, Rincon, GA


Marilyn and her family were wonderful neighbors , living next door on Tybee since 1969. Our condolences to all her family , children and grandchildren. This lovely /special lady will be missed by all of us. Love and Prayers, She will always have a special place in our hearts.

- Margie and Ken Turner, Tybee Island, GA


I was deeply saddened to hear of Marilyn's passing, and send sincere condolences to the entire family at this most difficult of times. Being a lifelong friend of the Powers clan, I have many great memories of the days of my youth, in the Cathedral Parish, the K of C #631, then through the '60's at Tybee, and St. Michael's Parish with John & his family, as we shared a mutual love for Notre Dame, the University, and the football Program. In later years, as I returned to Tybee very often from Pittsburgh, I always enjoyed seeing Marilyn at the Post Office, and discussing many Happy, and some not so Happy results of Irish football games. I know you are comfortable in the sure Faith that she has passed through death to eternal life with our Blessed Lord, and Mary Immaculate forever. May God Bless You and Marilyn's memory, Jack

- Jack Daniels, Tybee Island, Ga.


May God’s perpetual light shine upon her. Mrs. Powers was a special light in a very special place. Peace to all of you.

- Debbie Weaver Cela, Hardeeville , Sc


John and entire family, Was sorry to read about your Mother. She was a wonderful Southern lady who will be missed. Our prayers are with all of you'll.

- Jackie and Charlie Brown, Tybee Island/Metter, Ga


What I would not give to see my Mom with your Mom, drinking coffee and laughing again. . .I always say my childhood could not have been better than the time on Tybee. Our mothers were extraordinary and we will love them always. May you find sweet comfort in the full life that she lived. With deep sympathy, Vanessa Bernstein-Goldman

- Vanessa Bernstein-Goldman, Atlanta, Georgia


May her memory be eternal..our deepest condolences to all the Powers family.

- Jimmy & Anastasia Kotis, St. Louis, MO


Dear John, Therese and all the extended Powers family, please accept our deepest sympathies, condolences and prayers on the passing of your dear Mom. May her soul rest in peace

- Chris Desa, Savànnah, Ga


My Aunt Marilyn was the last of a long line of wonderful relatives from the 'greatest generation'. She will be missed by all, but especially the extended Powers family. Many of them lived long lives with wonderful families and they will all be sorely missed.

- Terry Powers, SPRINGFIELD, VA


Marilyn was a lovely lady who was a pleasure to have known. My love and prayers to her wonderful children and grandchildren.

- Ellen Lloyd , Savannah, GA


Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200