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MARY LOUISE POWERS Mary Louise (Coogie) Hourigan Powers, 92, died Saturday, May 05, 2012 at her home in Vero Beach, Florida. Mrs. Powers was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. When she was a small child she loved the movies of Jackie Coogan so much that the family coined the nickname "Coogie" by which she was known for the rest of her life. Coogie attended Manhattanville College in New York City. She married her now deceased husband Charles A. Powers Sr. in 1940. They lived on Long Island, NY where she raised her family of three children first in Great Neck and then Sands Point. Later they moved to Locust Valley, NY and finally to Vero Beach, FL where she has lived for more than 30 years. She is survived by her son Charles A. Powers, Jr. (Cap) and his wife Lou Rae, her daughter Pamela M. Prokop and her husband Bob, and another daughter Patricia P. Woodlock and her husband Doug. Coogie's grandchildren by birth order are Patricia Aitken Smith, Michael Aitken, Pamela Woodlock Egleston, Charles A. Powers III, Benjamin Woodlock, Christy Powers Allen, and Gillian Prokop. Her great grandchildren are David Smith, Ned Smith, Charlotte Powers , Anne Egleston and Caitlyn Powers. Two of her sisters, Rosina Bairstow and Elizabeth Burke also survive her. Coogie was an accomplished artist who maintained a life long interest in flowers and decorating, as well. She and her husband traveled around the world extensively. She was a member of the Moorings Club of Vero Beach, the Sea Oats Garden Club, the Creek Club of Locust Valley, and the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club of Port Washington, NY. The family would like to express our deepest thanks for the extraordinary loving care of Carol Parker and her wonderful staff of caregivers - Bev, Becky, Tina, Icela, Carol, Bridgette, Cathy and Aubrey. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to McKee Botanical Garden, 350 U.S. Hwy. 1, Vero Beach, FL 32963 Services: A Celebration of her Life will be held at Holy Cross Church, Iris Lane and South A1A in Vero Beach on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 10 AM. Arrangements by Cox-Gifford-Seawinds Funeral Home, 1950 20th St., Vero Beach, FL 32960 . An online guestbook may be viewed and signed at www.cox giffordseawinds.com Paid Obituary
Published in the TC Palm on May 8, 2012