Betty Powers

Betty Powers

Tuesday, October 23rd, 1934 - Monday, September 9th, 2019
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Betty Mae (Wehling) Powers, 84, of Mulvane, KS passed on September 9, 2019. Visitation Friday, September 13, from 2:00-8:00 pm will be held at Smith Family Mortuary, Mulvane. Family to receive friends from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. A memorial service will be held at Mulvane Christian Church Saturday, September 14, at 10:00 am with graveside services following at Mulvane Cemetery.
Betty was born October 23, 1934 and grew up on a farm in Hennessey OK. She graduated from Hennessey High School where she developed a love of music, played the trumpet, and along with six of her girlfriends formed an all-girl band named The Sloppy Seven. Of the Sloppy Seven Betty reminisced, “Not only did we play sloppy, but we dressed sloppy too. We sure had fun playing around Hennessey during our high school days.”
Betty graduated from Phillips University in 1956 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. While in college, Betty met her husband the late Bruce Theodore (Ted) Powers. They were married June 1, 1956, at the First Christian Church in Hennessey OK.
In 1956, Ted and Betty moved to Mulvane, where they spent most of their lives raising their three children, supporting their church (Mulvane Christian Church) and contributing to the growth of their community. Initially, Betty spent her time working as a full time homemaker and mother, teaching private trumpet lessons at home. Betty also worked for a few years as a secretary at Munson Primary School. After obtaining her teacher certification c1967, Betty taught 4th grade for 27 years.
From c1969 to c1979 Betty acted as the Director of the Mulvane Girls’ Summer Recreation Softball Program (see reprint article in this edition of the Mulvane News). This was the very first organized summer sport for girls in the town of Mulvane.
After retiring from teaching in 1995, Betty enjoyed going to the Mulvane Senior Center and volunteering for the Meals-On-Wheel program.
Survivors include daughter Cindy (John) Kennedy, granddaughter Mackenzie (Landon) Kennedy Dalley, grandson Ian (Kim) Kennedy, grandson Mitchell (Jackie) Kennedy, great- granddaughter Dylan Kennedy, great-grandson Ian Kennedy all of Lubbock, TX; daughter Shari (Peter) Bonnesen, grandson Christopher Bonnesen of Knoxville, TN; son Charles T. Powers of Mulvane; brother Billy (Harriet) Wehling of Enid, OK.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years Bruce Theodore (Ted) Powers and by her parents Charles and Bertha Wehling of Enid OK.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Ted and Betty Powers Scholarship Fund at the Carson Bank. A scholarship from this fund is awarded to a graduating Mulvane band student each year.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, September 13th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, September 13th, 2019 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    Smith Mortuary - Mulvane
    501 SE Louis Blvd.
    Mulvane, KS 67110
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Family Greeting from 6-8pm
  • Service

    Saturday, September 14th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday, September 14th, 2019 10:00am
    Mulvane Christian Church
    502 Highland Park Dr.
    Mulvane, Kansas 67110
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  • Interment

    Saturday, September 14th, 2019 |
    Saturday, September 14th, 2019
    Mulvane Cemetery
    1605 E 119th St. S
    Mulvane, KS 67110
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Cindy McCaskey

Posted at 02:15pm
Thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends. Such a good teacher and friend

Kitty Triebel-Crow

Posted at 05:34pm
I have many fond memories of not only Betty, but the entire Powers family. They were my 2nd family during my childhood. But the memory I share is one of my dads favorites. Betty was at our house and had complained of her sinus's bothering her. My dad told her he could cure her problem and she eagerly asked how. Dad reached in his back pocket and pulled out his can of skoal and told her to stick a pinch in her nose. She shocked us all and did just what he said. She sneezed and sneezed, but when she finished...she said she felt better. She was just as onery as my dad was and they shared a good laugh over his cure.
Our family was blessed to have known the Powers.. and you are all in my prayers. ❤

Robbie Wilkinson

Posted at 04:40pm
Betty was our son's first teacher in Mulvane & we also went to church with her. Mulvane has lost another grand citizen, she will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to the family. Sorry we will miss the funeral. Paul & Robbie Wilkinson

Josh Dillon

Posted at 12:41pm
She was a wonderful person and teacher. She was a part of so many lives and I am thankful to be able to say she was a teacher of mine back in 4th grade. She will be miss. Prayers for all family and friends during this time.

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