Published in The Courier-Journal on January 14, 2013
POWERS, MARJORIE HANBACK, 89, of Barnstable, MA, died peacefully in her home
on January 11, 2013. Her two daughters were by her side. She was the wife of the late
Dr. F. Randall Powers, who died in 2012.
Mrs. Powers was born in 1923 in Warrenton, VA, the daughter of H. Clay Hanback and
Carrie Woodard Hanback. Her family later moved to Washington, D.C. where she
graduated from Western High School (1941). She met her husband of 67 years in
Washington, where he was stationed with the U.S. Army during World War II. Eventually,
the couple settled in Weymouth, MA. They moved to Louisville, KY, in 1961 when Dr.
Powers accepted a professorship at the University of Louisville. After more than 23
years in Louisville, they retired to their Cape Cod home.
Mrs. Powers had a wide range of artistic talents. She had a beautiful contralto voice,
which she cultivated through professional voice lessons. She performed solos on
occasion, but was most comfortable expressing her faith and her gratitude for her gifts
by singing in her church choirs.
She was an accomplished artist, preferring the mediums of oil painting and charcoal.
Her works are displayed prominently in her own home and in the homes of her children.
She enjoyed painting scenes of what she saw daily on Cape Cod, beaches, lighthouses,
etc. but her work spans many subjects and displays dramatic use of color and shade.
She developed her artistic talents by completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art at the
University of Louisville while simultaneously raising three children and maintaining a
home. She went on to complete her Master of Arts in teaching, also from the University
of Louisville. She received the honors of induction to the Woodcock Society and Phi
Kappa Phi for her scholastic achievement at the university.
While she one day hoped to teach art to high school students, she worked throughout
her lifetime in varied positions that included service as an administrative assistant, as a
substitute teacher, as a supervisor at Cabbage Patch, a childcare facility and program
in Louisville, teaching at the West Parrish Family School in West Barnstable and as a
librarian at Hyannis East Elementary School.
Mrs. Powers was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church in Hyannis, where she
sang in the church choir, offered her home weekly to a women's Bible study group, and
took part in productions such as Market Place. She had a deep, abiding faith that
touched the lives of everyone she knew and with whom she interacted. She enjoyed her
frequent talks with neighbors, friends and family members who came to her for
inspiration, guidance and companionship.
She is predeceased by her parents; a brother, Randolph Clay Hanback; a son, Jay
Randall Powers; and her husband.
She is survived by her daughters, Sheree Powers Koppel (Jack) and Melanie Powers
(Rick Presbrey); daughter-in-law, Shari Droms Powers; and grandchildren, Kimberlee
Koppel Hunt (Kyle), Randy Powers (Andrea) Ron Powers (Melissa) and Paul Presbrey;
and five great-grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 from 5-7 p.m. at the
John-Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Road (Rt. 28), Marstons Mills, MA.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at the First
Baptist Church, 486 Main Street, Hyannis, MA. Burial will follow in Cummaquid
Cemetery, Barnstable. The daughters of Marjorie Powers also plan a celebration of her
life for family and friends in the summer of 2013 on Cape Cod.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hope Hospice, 765 Attucks Lane, Hyannis,
MA, 02601, or Housing Assistance Corp, 460 West Main Street, Hyannis, MA, 02601.
For online guest book and directions, please visit: www.johnlawrencefuneralhome.com