Delores Maxine Nelson Powell (1926 - 2013)

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On the morning of May 24, 2013, Delores Maxine Nelson Powell passed swiftly from one realm to another to walk hand in hand with her Lord. Delores believed with every part of her being in the Lord's infinite power and mercy and that she would be in the realm of God forever.

Delores was born to Oscar and Bertha Nelson of Geddes, South Dakota on December 29, 1926, as their second child and only girl. In 1935 the Oscar Nelson family was "blown out of South Dakota" all the way to Yuma, Arizona to join other Nelson family members already farming in the Yuma Valley. It was not easy being "a little lady" with one older brother and three younger ones by then and she often had to "prove she could hang in there or sometimes just hang on, especially on the back of a galloping horse." At least in Yuma, she had several females cousins near her age to be around, instead of "just those boys!"

While attending Yuma High School, Delores met and fell in love with Harry L. Powell, a slightly older and very athletic young man about campus, who she said "stole her heart." Most young people graduating during World War II didn't have the luxury or the money for long courtships, drawn out engagements, or even fancy weddings; time seemed short, there was a war to win, love and marriage often came quickly as it did for Delores and Harry, who had joined the Navy and soon moved his new bride to Tracy, California where he was stationed, far from her family, some already in the Navy or Army.

As life went on, with the war won, Harry and Delores could return to Yuma, their families, and together begin their own family. Soon, two children became part of that happy little group. As time marched on, they worked together to create a truly modern family in the 1950s and 1960s. The children grew up, married, and had children of their own and Delores and Harry Powell lived out the "American Dream," sought by so many even today, for the sixty-six years of their married life until Harry's death just two years ago. As well as a homemaker, Delores was an active in her Lutheran Church family until her health made it difficult to be there regularly. For the last several years with Delores in poor health, her granddaughter, Kimson, has been caring for her as the only remaining immediate family member in Yuma until care-givers; Audri, Celia, Elvira, Linda, and Amanda, then finally Hospice became necessary.

Delores was preceded in death by her father and mother, her brother Keith Nelson, her beloved daughter Gail Marie Powell LeDoux, her sister-in-law Mary Nelson, her niece Donna Nelson Sherman, and lastly her long-loved, heart-stealing husband of 66 years Harry L. Powell.

Delores in survived by her older brother Dwight Nelson and her two younger brothers Lyle and Bob Nelson, her son Michael Powell, and grandchildren Kimson Marie LeDoux, Michael Scott Powell, Christopher Powell, and Jennifer Powell. Also mourning her loss are her two great-grandchildren Jason Tyler LeDoux and Isabella Powell. She is also survived by two loving sisters-in-law Marie and Connie Nelson, many nieces, a nephew, a great-niece and nephews, two great-great nieces and one great-great nephew.

Services will begin with a viewing at Christ Lutheran Church from 9:30am to 10:30am on Saturday June 1, 2013, Services will follow at 11:00am with her internment to follow at Desert Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Yuma Hospice, the Lutheran Churches of Yuma, the Humane Society of Yuma, or a .

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Published in The Yuma Sun on May 30, 2013