Elizabeth "Betsy" Powell, age 98, of Athens, passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2013.
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Betsy was known among friends for her orchids and her extensive travels. Her over-seas travels began with a student year abroad to Hamburg, Germany, from 1936 until 1937, during which she made many life-long friends. During and immediately after World War II, her work for the American Red Cross included trips to Europe as part of Operation War Bride.
Continuing a family tradition, Betsy returned to Athens after the war and began working at the University of Georgia. As the Director of Home Study at UGA, she traveled throughout the United States for professional development and individual enrichment. She was a member of several professional associations, serving on various boards and committees. She was a member of the Athens Regional Library Board, and director of the University Night School.
Betsy is often remembered as the person who organized buses to take Athens enthusiasts to the Metropolitan Opera during the years it came annually to Atlanta. She was a regular attendee of concerts at the University, delighting in the "new" music facilities.
Following her retirement, Betsy made an around-the-world trip which started in Western Europe, continued across Russia and Siberia, down through China, and into India and Nepal. Later, she made a trip to Soviet Georgia and other parts of the southern Soviet Union. Betsy also squired her niece and a group of friends for a grand tour of Europe, passing on her love of travel to a new generation.
An avid gardener, Betsy loved growing orchids and was an active volunteer for many years at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. She was also a founding member of the Georgia Chapter of Recording for the Blind, and a life-long member of First Presbyterian Church.
A native of Lowndes County, Betsy was the daughter of the late Richard H. Powell and Frieda Berens Powell. She was pre-deceased by her brothers and sisters-in-law, Alfred E. Powell, Richard B. "Bill" and Lucy L. Powell, and David P. and Anna L. Powell.
Survivors include her nieces, Anna Elizabeth Powell, Julia Hester Powell, Helen Powell Feussner, Frances Powell Bigelow, and Margaret Frieda Powell; niece-in-law, Zoe Moore Powell; and a number of great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, at First Presbyterian Church. Interment will follow at Oconee Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Red Cross, 490 Pulaski St., Athens, GA 30601; or to the "UGA Foundation" and directed to the "Powell Family Fund," 394 S. Milledge Ave., Athens, GA 30602-5582. This fund benefits students at UGA's Hugh Hodgson School of Music.
Online condolences may be offered at www.bernsteinfuneralhome.com.
Bernstein Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Athens, is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on Apr. 9, 2013