Alta Rose Powell, daughter of the late John and Margaret Nicholas Powell, was born Oct. 1, 1920, in the rural West Plains area close to Bakersfield, and died at Golden Living Center in Bloomfield on Friday, Oct. 12, 2007, at the age of 87.
Miss Powell was an original resident of the Golden Living Center, the 23rd admission to the Center, living there almost 30 years.
Alta was baptized at the Bakersfield Church as a young woman. Church was always the center of her life. She received 20 perfect attendance pins from the Baptist Church at Marble Hill while she lived in that community and was a loved and loyal member of the St. Joe Idalia for many years.
Alta suffered from cerebral palsy all her life but was a courageous fighter to live life normally. She believed in hard work and in spite of her disabilities she washed tables at the nursing home as a volunteer as well as running bingo by using her tape recorder when there was no activities director.
Alta is survived by her nieces Paula Spereno of West Plains, Diana Danford of Joplin, and Jean Newland of Union; one nephew, Harold Danford of Olathe, Kan.; an adopted granddaughter, Kira Evans; many church and nursing home friends.
She was the bravest person we ever knew.
Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007, at Chiles-Cooper Funeral Home in Bloomfield.
Funeral services were conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 15, 2007, at Chiles-Cooper Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Rev. Dan Sitze officiating.
Interment followed in the Oak Lawn Cemetery at West Plains.