Maxine POWER

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POWER, Maxine MAXINE WHITE POWER July 25, 1936 - December 1, 2012 Maxine White Power was born July 25, 1936 in Yazoo City, MS and came to Atlanta as a young child. She passed away December 1, 2012. She attended Southwest High through her junior year and graduated from Thomson High, Thomson, GA. She attended Agnes Scott College for two years and then married Dan Power to be her husband of 55 years. While her children were in elementary school she returned to college and received her bachelors degree from Georgia College. Several years later she earned a Masters of Art in art education from Millersville State University, Millersville, PA. During her career as an art teacher she touched many young lives. She was the first elementary art teacher at First Presbyterian Day School in Macon, GA. After that she seemed to gravitate to those most in need and challenged. In Lancaster, PA she taught in alternative schools for pregnant teens, for children with emotional disabilities and students with disciplinary problems. In Kankakee, IL she worked with students with dysfunctional families and taught middle school art. Her true passion was serving as a volunteer docent at the Art Institute of Chicago for six years and at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University for fourteen years. She was an avid genealogist researching both her and her husband's roots for almost 20 years that culminated in publishing a book of White family genealogy. Church was always a large part of her life. As a youth she was an active leader in Sunday School, MYF and was a member of the youth choir. Through her adult years she served as children's Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School leader, youth adviser, women's leader and devoted member. Complementing this service, she was a Cub Scout Den Mother in Macon and lead Girls Scouts in Warner Robins, GA. She delighted in hosting international students in her home each Christmas through her work with Atlanta Ministry with International Students (AMIS) where she was a board member. Maxine's family was always first with her. She leaves behind a lov- ing husband, Harry Dan Power of Marietta, and two sons and their families, Gregory Dan Power and his wife, Rena, and their two children Jason and Marissa of Tullahoma, TN, and Steven White Power and his wife Cathie, and their daughter Grace of Atlanta. Maxine served others all her life and continues giving by donating her body to the Emory University School of Medicine. Rather than flowers, it is suggested that memorial gifts be made to the , the Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University or AMIS, Inc., 3434 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, GA 30305. A memorial service honoring her life will be held on Friday, December 7, at 2:00 PM in the Chapel at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, Marietta.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Dec. 5, 2012
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