Marva Powell

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Marva L. Powell, age 81, of Everson, WA, passed away on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. She was known for her servant's heart, unconditional love and strong faith. Marva was born September 7, 1936 in Anthony, Kansas to Parents John and Bertha (Villines) Kirsch. She was one of 5 children. The family moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas where she grew up and graduated high school at the age of 16. She went on to the community Business School where she met Richard Powell. Marva and Richard were married October 15, 1955 moving first to California and then on to the Everson area. Marva and Richard owned Serv-U grocery in Everson until 1969 when she retired to raise their family. They built the Everson Shopping Center and later owned the Everson Cleaning Center. Marva started "Soups On!" soup kitchen at Sterling Drive Church of Christ in Bellingham. She loved to spend time with family and the grandkids, traveling all over the world even treating the grandkids to a trip after graduation. She earned her private pilots license in 1987 at the age of 51. Marva is preceded in death by husband Richard, son Lance, brother George Kirsch; sisters Lena Frank Huffman, Mildred Blowy, and Betty George. She is survived by children Richard (Janice) Powell, Shannon (Jeff) Van Beek; daughter in law Mona Powell Strickland, grandchildren Lance Jr. (Lauren) Powell, Joan (Chris) Henard, Kenzie (Troy) Stap, Michael (Megan) Powell, Haley Van Beek and Finance Gerald Sutherland, Matthew Neyens, Brianne Neyens, and Kristopher Powell and great grandchildren Rylann, Skylar, Gavin, Carey, Kasen, Kenleigh, Axl, Coleson, Charlie, Riley, Jordyn, and Mason; and numerous other relatives. A special thank you to the staff and care givers at Spring Creek Retirement and Assisted Living for their wonderful care and love given during the last few months. You are invited to visitation on Friday, March 2, 2018 from 6:30 to 8 pm at Gillies Funeral Home. The Funeral service will be 10:30 am on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Nooksack Valley Reformed Church followed by the Graveside Committal at Nooksack Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Juvenile Diabetes Foundation at You are invited to share your condolences and memories on the online guestbook at Arrangements are entrusted to Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
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Published in Bellingham Herald on Mar. 1, 2018