Clarissa Walsh Powley
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Clarissa Walsh Powley, 98, passed away at her home in Tallahassee, Florida on May 8, 2014, the 69th anniversary of VE Day. Clarissa was a long time resident of Ormond Beach, Florida, having moved to Ormond with her husband John ("Jack") Raymond Powley (d. 2004) in 1963.She relocated to Tallahassee in June of 2012 to be closer to family.
Clarissa was born in Fall River, Massachusetts in 1916 and spend most of her childhood and teen years in Schenectady, New York. After graduating from high school, she worked at General Electric in Schenectady before she was accepted at the Columbia University (a/k/a Columbia Presbyterian) School of Nursing in New York City, from which she graduated with a degree in nursing in 1939.After graduation, she joined the nursing staff at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. In 1942, she volunteered to join a contingent of 71 nurses and other medical personnel from Columbia Presbyterian that inaugurated what became the U.S. Army Second General Hospital Unit.During World War II, she served with the Second General Hospital Unit in Oxford, England and in Normandy and Nancy, France.After the Second General Hospital Unit dissolved in October of 1945, Clarissa continued her nursing service in the U.S. Army at Mason General Hospital, in Brentwood, Long Island until November of 1946, when she retired from the service with the rank of Captain.
On April 12, 1947, she married her beloved husband of 57 years, Jack, who was then employed by the General Electric Company in Schenectady.They spent some of their honeymoon in Daytona Beach and always dreamed of living there. After living for several years in Schenectady and, briefly, in Syracuse, New York, Jack and Clarissa happily moved to Ormond Beach in 1963 with their two daughters, when Jack joined GE's Apollo Support Group in Daytona Beach.
In 1964, Clarissa rejoined the workforce, as a social worker for the Florida Division of Family Services of the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, where she worked for ten years. She retired in 1974.
After retirement, she spent many years volunteering with the local Red Cross.She was an avid gardener and, after her retirement, an active member of the Tomoka Garden Club. She was a member of St. James Episcopal Church from 1963 until she moved to Tallahassee in 2012. She was beloved by all who knew her, friends and family alike. The family also would like to express their appreciation for the care and love Clarissa received at St. Augustine Plantation in Tallahassee, Florida, where she resided from October of 2012 until her death.
She leaves behind daughters Lissa Weddington of Tallahassee and Susan Powley of Dallas Texas; son-in-law Michael Weddington, grandson Orion Weddington with wife Amanda and great-grandchildren Zoe and Zachary Weddington, and grandson Nodin Weddington with wife Charlotte, all of Tallahassee Florida; and granddaughter Calla Weddington, with partner James Akau and great-granddaughter Eden Faith Kamakanipilileialoha Weddington, of Pahoa, Big Island, Hawai'i.She also leaves behind her sister Anne Van Dyke of Rock Hill, South Carolina, and 3 nephews and a niece and their families. She will be sorely missed. Visitation for Clarissa will be held on Thursday, May 15th between the hours of 5:00-7:00 pm at Lohman Funeral Home; 733 W Granada Blvd. Ormond Beach. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, May 16th at 11:00 a.m. at St. James Episcopal Church; 44 S. Halifax Dr. Ormond Beach, officiated by Rev. Judy Mathis.Memorial contributions may be made in Clarissa's memory to the American Red Cross, PO Box 40002018 Des Moines, IA 50340-2018 and/or the Halifax Humane Society, 2364 LPGA Blvd Daytona Beach, FL 32124. Arrangements are under the careful direction of Lohman Funeral Home Ormond.
Condolences may be shared with the family at www.lohmanfuneralhomes.com.
Lohman Funeral Home Ormond
733 W Granada Blvd
Ormond Beach, FL 32174
Published in Tallahassee Democrat on May 15, 2014