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Audrey Lee Jensen Powell

October 4, 1932 ~ June 21, 2022 (age 89)

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Audrey Lee Jensen Powell passed away at her daughter's home in Thomasville, Alabama on Tuesday morning, June 21, 2022 at the age of 89.  She was the baby of five children and is the last family member of her generation to pass on to her eternal home in heaven.

 

Born on October 4, 1932 in Albany, Nebraska, to Niels Christian Henry Jensen and Nannie Mae Gray Jensen, Audrey and her family moved to Crawford, Mississippi when she was just two weeks old.  Her oldest sister, Myrtle, held Audrey on her lap on a pillow for the long journey. Her siblings were, Nels Gray Jensen, Myrtle Henley, Dorothy Spurgeon and Eugene Jensen.

 

 At the time of her death, Audrey was a member of Forest Avenue Baptist Church. She served her Lord and Savior well throughout her life as she served alongside her husband of 51 years, Pastor Robert (Bert) Powell. She graciously used her gifts to enhance his ministry and to bring glory to God. The couple met at Mississippi College and after their marriage in 1953, they would go on to have four children, Kari (Howell) Kirby, John Christian Powell, Nancy (Darren) Gill, and Robert Carey (Roxie) Powell Jr.  Audrey also shared a special relationship with her niece, Frances Erickson.

 

The Powell’s had eight grandchildren, Joel (Sarah) DeVaney, Shea DeVaney (Jamie) Pierce, John Robert (Amber) Gill, Stephen Gill, Gray (Abby) Gill, Kayla Powell (Dent) Beard, Robert Carey (Alex) Powell III and Lindsay Powell (Bryan) Blocker.  Audrey was proud to get to hold and love on her three great grandsons and two great granddaughters. She was excited to recently learn she would have a sixth great grandchild.

 

Audrey accomplished her goals in education, receiving two master’s degrees that she completed while raising her family. She was an accomplished pianist and organist, sharing her talents with many churches throughout the years.

 

After serving the Lord as a pastor’s wife and sacrificially raising her own children, Audrey dedicated her 31 plus year career teaching, predominately the third grade at Joe M. Gilmore School.

 

Survivors

Sons:

John Christian Powell

Robert Carey (Roxie) Powell, Jr. 

Daughters:

Nancy (Darren) Gill

Kari (Howell) Kirby

Eight Grandchildren

Joel (Sarah) DeVaney

Shea DeVaney (Jamie) Pierce

John Robert (Amber) Gill

Stephen Gill

Gray (Abby) Gill

Kayla Powell (Dent) Beard 

Robert Carey (Alex) Powell, III

Lindsay Powell (Bryan) Blocker

Five Great Grandchildren with one on the way

Preceded in death by:

Husband

Robert Carey Powell, Sr.

Brothers:

Nels Gray Jensen

Eugene Jensen

Sisters:

Myrtle Henley

Dorothy Spurgeon

Father

Niels Christian Henry Jensen

Mother

Nannie Mae Gray Jensen

Pallbearers:

Joel DeVaney

John Robert Gill

Stephen Gill

Gray Gill

Robert Carey Powell III

Darren Gill

Howell Kirby

 

Audrey's home-going service was held on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 9:00 AM at Rockville Baptist Church Cemetery, Jackson, Alabama.  The graveside service was officiated by Rev. Fred Odom and Rev. Cleon Kyles with St. Stephens Funeral Home directing. 

The Alabama Baptist Children's Homes is suggested by the family for anyone who would like to honor the memory of Audrey J. Powell. 

(alabamachild.org  /  2681 Rocky Ridge Lane, Birmingham, AL 35216)

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Services

Graveside Service
Thursday
June 23, 2022

9:50 AM
Rockville Baptist Church
7685 Rockville Road
Jackson, AL 36545

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