VIRGINIA "GINNY" POWERS
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Shenandoah, IA 51601
Virginia "Ginny" Powers 1926 - 2021 Virginia "Ginnie" (Tishue) Powers was born on June 30, 1926, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Charles and Ethel (Sayers) Tishue. Ginnie's dad was an electrician and her mother was a stenographer. When Ginnie was eight years old, her parents divorced. She and her older half-brother, Harry, and their mom then lived with her maternal grandparents. She loved them dearly and talked about her grandpa's job as a train engineer. She had a full life in Michigan before moving to Southwest Iowa, where she met Paul F. McGargill. She received the Sacrament of Baptism in September 1971 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Red Oak, Iowa. Paul and Ginnie were married in November 1971 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Imogene. When Father Daniel Delehant was pastor at St. Pat's from 1973-1978, Ginnie took a liking to him and assisted Father with some improvement projects, such as helping him paint the rectory. When Living Rosaries were being formed at St. Pat's, she was one of the original volunteers to sign up to say a decade of the rosary daily. With Paul being one of eleven children, Ginnie inherited a large extended family. She was known for her endless level of energy, her love of cleaning and decorating, the pristine house she kept, her giggle and facial expressions, living life on her own terms, keeping her real age the best kept secret, and her enjoyment of a good cup of coffee. Ginnie's granddaughter, Jenny Gobert Baxter, remembers the time her grandma accidentally threw her napkin-wrapped retainer away after lunch. She and Paul had to dig through the trash bags out back to find it. Ginnie's eyes twinkled when she talked about her local granddaughters, Shelly, Melissa, and Jenny Gobert, and daughter-in-law, Grace Gobert. In 1995, Ginnie was very proud when she completed her studies through Southwestern Community College and passed her exam to become a Certified Geriatric Nurse Aid. Shortly after, her husband of 24 years died of a heart attack. In her 20 plus years working in area nursing homes, Ginnie cared for patients at Elm Heights, Tabor Manor, Good Samaritan, The Ambassador, Bethesda, and Manor of Malvern. One of her Director of Nurses shared that Ginnie truly cared about her patients and respected them; they loved her in return It was at Manor of Malvern in 1997 that her charge nurse, Don Powers, fell in love with this unique woman. It was the beginning of a 24 year love story. One day in 2011, Ginnie said to Don, "You wanna get married?" Shortly after, on November 4, 2011, they were married. Don says they just clicked. A few years after their marriage, Ginnie was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. After 34 years as an LPN, Don became Ginnie's full-time caregiver. Ginnie loved her furry friends the baby lambs, dogs, and cats they had through the years. Simple pleasures, such as car rides, and lunches or suppers at The Emerald Isle in Imogene, El Porton and The Depot in Shenandoah, or The Harbor in Farragut, kept her socially interactive. She and Don also enjoyed listening to the music on Taco Tuesdays in Imogene. Ginnie entered Garden View Care Center on December 31, 2020. She walked into Heaven early Friday morning, April 16, 2021, after Don kissed her "Good morning" on the forehead and told her he loved her. She would have celebrated her 95th birthday in June. She was the mother of Chuck Gobert, Jim Frye, Kim, Butch, and Bonnie, and the grandmother and great-grandmother of many. Also surviving are her two stepsons, Dean Powers and John Reed. Don would like to thank all those who helped brighten Ginnie's daysher granddaughter, Jenny Gobert Baxter, her best friend, Carol Ann Gutschenritter, their dear friends, Mike and Rosie Callahan, neighbor June Carnes, George and Laurie McGargill, and Kevin Olson at The Emerald Isle, where many birthday parties and fun times were had. Celebration of Life Memorial Services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home with Father Lazarus Kirigia officiating. Special music for the service included the recordings of "Gentle Woman" and "My Woman, My Woman, My Wife". Memorials were suggested to People for Paws in Ginnie's memory Burial will follow at a later date in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.hackettlivingston.com. Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was honored to have been entrusted with the arrangements.
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Published by Shenandoah Valley News Today on Apr. 24, 2021.
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