Waldine Power
1935 - 2021
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POWER, Waldine "Punkin" Waldine Ann Peterson Little Power "Punkin" died January 7, 2021 in Dallas, TX. Born April 26, 1935, in Orange, TX, to Howard Stephens Peterson and Waldine Elodie Fremaux. She attended Lutcher Stark Senior High School and was chosen "the girl most likely to succeed". She spent her summers waterskiing at her family cabin at Moss Lake, Louisiana and attending Camp Waldemar in Hunt, Texas, where she met some of her lifelong friends. Punkin attended the University of Texas where she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority and elected Varsity Carnival Queen by the student body. She married the late Jack Merville Little and together they had two children, Kathy Little Shuford (the late William C. Shuford, Jr.) and the late John Stephens Little. In 1982, she married the Reverend Dr. William J.A. Power. They had many happy years together, laughing, traveling and just enjoying the time spent in each other's company. Punkin was a genuinely classy Southern lady with high moral standards, a dazzling smile and a self -deprecating sense of humor. She always spoke her mind, but she softened it with her kindness and wit. She was a person of exquisite good taste and was an exceptional interior designer. Her favorite days were spent at the Design Center going through fabrics, wallpapers, antiques, furnishings and visiting with all her friends that worked in the various showrooms. She helped many clients achieve beautiful, comfortable homes and educating them much about the process along the way. Punkin served on the boards of Genesis Women's Shelter, Downtown Ministries as well as on the Altar Guild of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church. She faithfully attended her husband Bill's bible classes. She was utterly loyal and enthusiastically devoted to her children and grandchildren, Elizabeth Shuford Conroy (Brian), Emily Shuford Isom (Isaac), Sarah Shuford Oliver (Boyd) and William Carroll Shuford III (Katelyn). Nonnie has nine great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, daughter and grandchildren she leaves to mourn her death her brother, Charles Howard Peterson of Orange, TX. To quote Philip Larkin: We met at the end of the party, When most of the drinks were dead, And all the glasses dirty. "Have this that's left, "you said. We walked through the last of summer, When shadows reached long and blue, Across days that were growing shorter, You said:" There's autumn too." Always for you what's finished Is nothing, and what survives Cancels the failed, the famished, As if we had fresh lives From that night on, and just living Could make me unaware Of June, and the guests arriving, And I not there. Punkin is now safe in the arms of Eternal Love. Love is an undying commitment to the wellbeing of the loved one - and God is Love. The irretrievable past is covered by God's grace (all sins are forgiven) , the uncontrollable future is hidden in the mystery of His love. The present is a call to trust in faith, even as we make our way through the "valley of the shadow of death". The family would like to especially thank Maria Cortez, the staff at The Preston of the Park Cities and Kindred Hospice. A family memorial service will be held in the near future.

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Published in Dallas Morning News on Jan. 13, 2021.
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January 19, 2021
Punkin was a good friend of mine in High School in Orange. She was a class ahead of me and a member of SAPS an informal girls social group and I was a member of the HICS - same type of group. Everyone loved Punkin—-I was a part of the group that went to midnight mass with her on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Her faith was obvious and important.
Dorothy Marsh Cheairs
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