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Betty Durham Yeager Powell

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BURLINGTON, N.C. - Betty Durham Yeager Powell passed away July 10, 2013.
Born Oct. 1, 1939 in Durham, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Clarence Robertson Yeager and the late Frances Council Yeager of Attleboro, Mass. and the granddaughter of the late Commodore Thomas Council Sr., founder of the B.C. Remedy Company, and the late Betty Frances Durham Council.
She was the loving wife of 48 years of Dr. Thomas E. Powell III, who survives. Also surviving are her three children, Frances P. Barnes and husband A. Merrick Barnes III of Elon, Thomas E. Powell IV and wife Elizabeth F. Powell of Burlington and Caroline P. Rogers and husband Arthur H. Rogers III of Durham; two grandchildren, Henry and Edward Rogers of Durham; and cousins, Carol Council Croom and husband William D. Croom Jr. of San Antonio, Texas, Commodore Thomas Council III and wife Carol and Sarah Lawson.
Mrs. Powell attended the Calvert Method School in Durham, which was later to become Durham Academy. She moved with her parents to Attleboro, Mass. in 1947, where she attended the Attleboro Public Schools. She attended Dana Hall in Wellesley, Mass. for her last three years of secondary education. She began her undergraduate degree at Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, Va. She completed her undergraduate degree in French at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1961.
A member of the Mentor Book Club and the Town and Country Garden Club, Mrs. Powell was a past president of the Alamance-Caswell Medical Auxiliary, and a past Chairman of the annual Burlington Antiques Fair and the Burlington Antiques Preview. She was a former member of the Alamance Service League. In 1980 she was Co-Chairman of the successful Capital Campaign at the Burlington Day School.
From 1987 to 1990 she served as a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a member of the Board of the Educational Foundation. Mrs. Powell was a past member and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Balfour Supply Service in Bethesda, Md. She was also a past member of the Board of Directors of Bobbitt Laboratories Inc. and an associate of Carolina Biological Supply Company. For several years, she was Telemarketing Manager of Carolina Biological Supply Company. She was a past member of the Board of Directors of the Burlington Day School. She served on the Aubrey Lee Brooks Foundation County Committee of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Governor James B. Hunt Jr. appointed her, in 1984, to the North Carolina Executive Mansion Fine Arts Committee. She served on the Board of Directors of the Executive Mansion Fund.
In 1991, she was appointed by Governor James G. Martin to the John Motley Morehead Memorial Commission.
Mrs. Powell was a member of city and country clubs, including the Congressional Country Club in Washington, D.C. and the Country Club of North Carolina in Pinehurst.
She was a member of the Elon Community Church, United Church of Christ, in Elon, N.C., where she was active on committees and was instrumental in the development of the Community Life Center.
The family will receive friends at the Rich & Thompson Funeral and Cremation Service in Burlington on Friday, July 12, 2013 from 4 to 7 p.m. A private burial service will be held at Magnolia Cemetery in Elon on Saturday morning.
The Celebration of Life Service will be conducted at the Elon Community Church, United Church of Christ, on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 2 p.m. by the Rev. Randy Orwig. A reception will be held following the service in the Community Life Center.
Memorials may be made to the New Building Fund, Elon Community Church, P.O. Box 625, Elon, N.C. 27244.
Condolences may be offered to Post Office Box 2536, Burlington, N.C. 27216 or at

Published in from July 11 to July 12, 2013
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