Barbara J. Powers
1934 - 2021
BORN
1934
DIED
2021
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WATERMAN WESTBROOK & CLOUSE FUNERAL HOME - Elkhart
1129 S. PRAIRIE ST
Elkhart, IN

Barbara J. Powers, 87, of Goshen, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, at Greencroft Healthcare in Goshen.

She was born Sept. 22, 1934, in Denver, Colorado, to William E. and Marie (Milnor) Short.

On June 20, 1959, she married Richard E. Powers. He preceded her in death on Feb. 11, 2019. Surviving are two siblings, Edward Short of Kentucky and Grace Elizabeth Short of Montrose, Colorado. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Richard.

Barbara graduated from Brighton High School and as a teenager she received Jesus Christ as her personal savior. She was a graduate of St. Francis College and Grace College. Barbara was a schoolteacher and taught school at West Noble High School, Jimtown High School and Elkhart Baptist Christian School.

A private burial will take place at Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin, Illinois. Waterman-Westbrook-Clouse Funeral Home is entrusted with her care.

A celebration of her life service will be held at the Grace Bible Church, 1700 Edwardsburg Ave., Elkhart, IN 46514 on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. Services will also be lived streamed. Please visit Grace Bible website for the link.

Memorial contributions may be given to the church.


Published by The Elkhart Truth from Nov. 15 to Nov. 29, 2021.
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Dec
4
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2:00p.m.
Grace Bible Church
1700 Edwardsburg Ave., Elkhart, IN
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Barb and Dick lived across the street from me growing up. I remember as a child going over there to visit with Barb. She would ask me about my life and share her words of wisdom with compassion. She would always include the greatness of God in what she shared. She loved God like I've never seen anyone love God. I could just tell by how she talked about Him. I cherish the many conversations I've had with this amazing women. We talked on the phone several times last year during quarentine. She was intentional about asking how my walk with God was going. She cared so much about that, and I love that she did. She would emphasize the importance of daily prayer and Bible reading. She really challenged me to cling to my Savior. She also loved to hear me play old hymns on my violin. I would take it over to her house as a kid, and I had the honor to do so again a couple times over the phone last year. Oh how she loved hymns! The way it moved her always touched me. I loved playing for her. The moments spent with this dear women over 50 years older than me have been some of the most meaningful moments in my life. I can't say enough about how much of a blessing her existence on this earth was to me. Her legacy lives on in all the people her life has touched. I'm sure there are many.
Hannah Smith
Friend
November 29, 2021
Barbara was a neighbor to me at Greencroft. She had one of the finest testimonies for Jesus of anyone I have ever known! She always said, in the midst of her medical problems, that she did not want to complain, thus bringing dishonor to her Lord. What a role model for me, dealing with chronic cancer pain! When I would visit her, she and I would sit and giggle, and she always had a joke. ..........she is finally at peace, and I rejoice with her........
Erma Yoder
November 29, 2021
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