Obituary of Carol Joan Powell
Carol Joan Powell, 80, passed away peacefully after a long illness on Tuesday January 17, 2023 at the Rocky Mountain Assisted Living Facility in Centennial, Colorado.
She was born on January 1, 1943 in Oneonta, New York, the daughter of the late Walter J. Powell and Janet D. Powell. Two brothers were also part of the family, the late Stephen J. Powell and a surviving brother David M. Powell.
In 1953 the family moved to Syracuse, New York and Carol went on to graduate from the Onondaga Valley Academy as the Valedictorian of her class. She briefly attended Alfred State College in New York and then went on to work for Mohawk Airlines in Syracuse. At this time she became involved with computer programming for ticketing. The rest is history as she excelled in this field and went to do programming for other airlines namely TWA, Pan Am, United, American and Braniff.
She was passionate about her work and love of aviation, which took her to many places across the country and Europe to work. She finished her career by spending several years in Munich Germany and then came back to Florida to continue as a subcontractor to IBM.
Her last move was to return to Castle Rock Colorado where she had a home built and retired in 2013.
In 2009 she returned to Syracuse to help when her mother was injured in a car accident and was there for the passing of her mother in 2010 and her dad in 2014. She stayed there until 2017 before returning to Colorado for the final time.
Carol loved music and loved to play her piano. She also loved to do gardening and tending to her flowers for the relaxation it brought her. She also loved to go out antiquing and she had a collection that second to none. She enjoyed being with her family and especially at their summer camp at Halfmoon Beach on Piseco Lake in the Adirondacks of New York. It was here she would return with friends to share in the beauty and solitude of the area and being with her relatives who also had camps here, and loved sppending time with Don and Flossie Powell and Wanda and Jim St John and their families. The gathering of everyone was in a special place that was called "Powell Flats" where relatives and friends from near and far would gather. Good times were had by all sitting around camp fires, having grand meals as her dad would call everyone to dinner using a bugle. The many celebrations and family reunions at camp were all so special for everyone. Spending summers there, Carol learned to love the area and she got to spend it with her cousin Judy Dales (Ancewicz). Grandparents Dales and Powell came often and also the Galloways: Noma and Bill and their daughters Kathy and Carol Jeanne with whom she had a special bond, having lived with them a time in Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
One family vacation not taken at Piseco Lake but in Hawaii was a highlight of her traveling career. She had visited counties in Europe and Asia but the Hawaii vacation was special because her parents and younger brother went along and it was such a special time for all.
Carol was predeceased by her parents Walter (Jim) and Janet, a brother Stephen and is survived by brother David and his wife Amy and their daughter Carah of Peru, New York. She is also survived by a nephew Jason Powell and a niece Mary Perry, several grandnieces and grandnephews. Carol also had a special close relationship with three of her cousins, Judy Ancewicz, Carol Jeanne Llewellyn and Leeanne Hadsell.
A funeral ceremony will be held later in the Spring in Oneonta New York through Bookhout Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Plains Cemetery in Oneonta.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Carol's memory can be sent to the Happy Cat Haven, 327 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, Colorado 80829 or the Dumb Friends League Buddy Center, 2080 S. Quebec Street, Denver, Colorado 80231. Both places helped to find homes for Carol's cat companions Mr. Bo and Kitty.
The family also wishes to express gratitude to the staff at Rocky Mountain Assisted Living, especially Valerie King, and Carol's neighbors Janice and Al Obye of Castle Rock.