Arlene Powell

Funeral services for 87-year old Arlene Powell are Tues, Jan 19, 2021 at 2:00 PM at the Alliance Methodist Church in Alliance, NE.

The funeral is limited to family members in person, but will be streamed on Facebook Live as “Arlene Powell’s Celebration of Life”. 

The burial service follows 3:00 PM at the Alliance Cemetery and is open to everyone but with masks and distancing required. 

Visitation will be Monday, Jan 18th. 2021 from 1-7 PM, at Bates-Gould Chapel in Alliance, with family present from 4-6 PM.  

To honor her love for children and learning, memorials are suggested to Sher Bear’s Preschool at 704 Box Butte Ave, Alliance, NE 69301.

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Arlene Lavonne Powell was born September 7, 1933, in Hemingford, NE, to John and Evalena (Winegar) Jurgens. She died Wed, Jan 13, 2021 at home in Alliance.

Arlene graduated Hemingford High in 1950 and received a teaching certificate at what is now Chadron State College.  She taught in rural Box Butte Schools for a time, then in 1952 married LeRoy Powell at the Hemingford Methodist Church.  

They farmed and ranched for many years in the Hemingford and Chadron areas,and would go on to celebrate 65 years of marriage before his passing in 2018.  Together they raised four sons and enjoyed watching their family multiply with 10 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. 

Arlene was a very accomplished gardener winning numerous awards for her produce and flower arrangements.  She was quick to share gardening tips, bird watching knowledge or her faith in Jesus Christ as her Savior to anyone who needed to hear.  To her final days she could recite Isaiah 53 entirely from memory without error.  She treasured the Gospel message found there. 

 She made many close friends and great home cooked meals during her lifetime.  In later years, after her own kids were grown, Arlene returned to education as a teacher’s aide.  She and LeRoy retired from farming in 1993 and moved to Gering.

Arlene was preceded in death by her parents, husband LeRoy, siblings Floyd Jurgens, Irma Jean Betz, Danny Jurgens and infant brother Alan Jurgens. 

She is survived by her sons Gary (Nancy) Powell of Alliance, Dan (Karen) Powell of Tulsa, OK, Dave (Melinda) Powell of Gretna, NE and Greg (Robin) Powell of Alliance. 

She is also survived by her sister Linda Fox of Wood Village, OR, brother Lonnie Jurgens of LaCenter, WA, and sister-in-law Marjorie Powell of Alliance.