Erma Oliver Powers(June 9, 1919 - September 23, 2013)
The funeral service for Erma Powers, 94 of Avon will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 28, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church in Avon, with burial in the Trinity Presbyterian Cemetery, rural Avon. Visitation will be at the church Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. prayer service. Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home of Avon is in charge of the arrangements.
Erma Urilla Powers, daughter of Arthur and Laura (Watwood) Oliver, was born June 9, 1919 on the Cooley Ranch in rural Springfield. She died Monday, September 23, 2013 at the Good Samaritan Society in Wagner. Erma attained the age of 94 years, three months and 15 days.
Erma was raised on farms southwest of Avon, SD in Charles Mix County. She attended Fees Country School through the eighth grade. Erma attended Tyndall and Burke High Schools and graduated from Avon High School in 1937. In 1939, she attended Southern State Normal School to become a teacher. Erma taught at the Babcock Country School for one year.
On December 15, 1940, Erma married her high school sweetheart, Clarence Powers. They made their home in Avon until Clarence enlisted in the Navy in 1942. She lived in Gardina, CA from 1943 to 1944 and worked at North American Aviation in Englewood, CA. Erma and Clarence returned to Avon in 1945.
In 1946, Erma became a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Avon, where she belonged to PW, Bible Study Circles and taught Bible School. Erma was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Avon Senior Citizens.
Erma was employed at the Marshall Wells Store and Coast to Coast Store in Avon and at the Bon Homme County Treasurer’s Office. She and Clarence ran the concession stand at the ball park for many years. Clarence died December 6, 1981. Erma moved to the Avon Manor in 1998, the Springfield Assisted Living Center in 2000 and the Wagner Good Samaritan Society in 2004.
Erma will be remembered as an excellent baker and cook, especially her bread, carmel rolls, chocolate chip cookies, baked beans and fried chicken. She always had a big garden filled with vegetables and flowers. Erma was also an accomplished seamstress and made all of her daughters' clothes and crocheted aphgans and did emboidery.
Thankful for having shared her daughters: Sharon and husband, Larry Kozel of Wagner, Barb and husband Rich Quartier of Sioux Falls and Carla and husband Alan Meiers of Scottsdale, AZ; five grandchildren: Steve Kozel and wife Beth, Julie Freier and husband Mark, Cody Nelson, Ashley Mach and husband Ryan and Courtney Meiers; eight great grandchildren; one sister, Lois Sattler of the GSS in Tyndall; and several nieces and nephews.
Erma was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brother Charles and wife Mae; and her in-laws: Art Sattler, Lester and Sally Powers and Melvin and Leona Swanson.