Emaline Powell Anderson

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Memorial Service was held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 25, 2013, at First Presbyterian Church, Wichita Falls, Texas, with Dr. Isaac Butterworth officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Owens & Brumley Funeral Home of Wichita Falls. Emaline Powell Anderson was born on January 15, 1927, to James Ernest Powell and Mary Katherine Boydston Powell, two miles Southwest of Temple, Oklahoma, on the farm in Cotton County, Oklahoma, the 6th of seven children. She died October 21, 2013, in Wichita Falls, Texas. Emaline attended the Temple Public School and at the age of 14 left school to go to work in Walters, Oklahoma, to help support the family, having lost her father at a very young age. Her father, James Ernest Powell, at age of 49, died in a road building accident 4 miles west of Temple and 5 miles south of Walters. Emaline was 5 and her younger brother,
Ernest Eugene Powell was 18 months. There were five older siblings ranging in age from 9 to 19. Emaline married Travis Omar Anderson from Temple, in 1949, shortly after he returned from the Navy in WWII and was employed at the Bill Burton Barber Shop. For many years she worked at Whites Auto Store in Temple, moving to Wichita Falls, Texas in 1950. She was Cafeteria Manager at Wichita Falls High School for 20 years, bringing it out of the “RED” into the “BLACK” and students began returning to the cafeteria for lunch. She also managed the kitchen at the First Presbyterian Church for 20 years, where she was held in high regard. Knitting and crocheting were her passions, creating many lovely prayer shawls. She was called here on earth to serve others, which was evident through her work and service with the Eastern Star. She was always cheerful and passed that trait to all those who came in touch with her. She worked in the healthcare field taking care of “older” people until a few years before her death. In the mid-1950’s, she adopted three children, Dewayne Anderson at birth and twin girls, Marcia and Cheryl Anderson, 18 months. When she adopted the twin girls, she took a sewing course at Singer and made all of their clothes, including tailored winter coats and hats. She would take on any task and do an outstanding ob.  Emaline was preceded in death by her parents, James Ernest and Mary Katherine Boydston Powell. She was the last survivor of seven children: Joseph Shular Powell, Frances Powell Miller, James (Jim) Willis Powell, Otto Harold Powell, John W. Powell, and Ernest Eugene (Gene) Powell, many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by her husband, Travis Omar Anderson; son: Dewayne Anderson; daughter: Marcia Anderson; granddaughter: Angela Renee Anderson; son-inlaw: Mark Combs. She is survived by her daughter: Cheryl Jane Combs; grandchildren: Lisa Pavlick, Bobbye Hmcirik, Travis Leon Anderson and Patsy Bernard; eleven great-grandchildren, and two great, great-grandchildren. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.owenandbrumley. com. 
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