Sarah Elizabeth Fuss Powers of 2449 Fairground Road, Front Royal, VA, passed away on October 3, 2012.
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She was raised on a farm near Shepherdstown, WV, was class valedictorian for her High School class of 1943, and graduated from Shepherd University with a degree in Home Economics in 1947. After graduating she took a job teaching home economics and running the school cafeteria in St. Mary's County, MD. She loved teaching the children and running the cafeteria but, according to her sister Ruth, it took too long to travel home so she became an Extension Agent in Sperryville, Virginia which was closer. She loved this job and especially enjoyed working with the 4-H'ers and being able to teach others about nutrition, crafts, and ways to make the home better. While working in Rappahannock, she was involved in a car accident through which she was introduced to Billy Powers, a State Farm agent. They fell in love, married in 1954, and started a family shortly thereafter. She retired from Extension Service to raise her new family, and later worked with her husband in the State Farm office. After over 20 years, she retired from insurance when her son retired from the Navy and took over the business in 1996.
One of her great loves was the Rockland Community Church. She played the piano for the children's choir, taught Sunday school for many years, and worked tirelessly catering weddings and other events along with the other ladies of the church. She also loved tending her garden, âputting upã food for her family to eat, taking care of her chickens and milk cows, and working on her quilts.
She is predeceased by her parents, Jesse George Fuss and Gay Elizabeth Fuss; husband, Billy Powers, Sr.; her brother, Franklin Fuss; and her brother-in-law, Forrest Wesson.
Her surviving family includes her daughter, Mary Powers Ryan and husband Pat; her son, Bill Powers and his wife Mary; her granddaughters, Rebecca and Amanda Powers; her sister, Ruth Wesson; her sister-in-law, Marjorie Fuss; and her nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends on Friday, October 12, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 13, at 1:00 p.m. at Rockland Church conducted by The Rev. Christof Weber. Interment will follow at the Rockland Cemetery.
Donations in lieu of flowers should be sent to the Rockland Community Church, 2921 Rockland Road, Front Royal, VA 22630; Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork Street, Winchester, VA 22601; or to C-CAP, 316 N. Royal Avenue, Front Royal, VA 22630.
Pallbearers will be Maurice Bowen, Tommy Megeath, John Thomson, Gary Good, Larry Dillard, Ben Weddle, George Chapman and Bob Gault.
Honorary pallbearers will be caregivers at The Southerlands, Hidden Springs, Blue Ridge Hospice, Home Instead, present and past members of the Rockland Community Church, and all of her friends.
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Published in Northern Virginia Daily from Oct. 5 to Oct. 6, 2012
Maddox Funeral Home
105 West Main Street Front Royal, VA 22630