Memorial this Saturday for E. Eilene Powelson, 1919-2014

June 19, 2014 at 9:18 am | In Obituaries, West Seattle news, West Seattle people | Comments Off

Friends and family will gather this Saturday to remember 94-year-old ‘Eilene’ Powelson, and are sharing this remembrance:

Evelyn Eilene Powelson, known to family and friends as “Eilene,” passed away on June 16, 2014 at Providence Mount Saint Vincent Nursing Center.

Eilene was born on December 1, 1919 in Bellingham to David and Anna Larson. Early in her life, along with her parents and two younger sisters, they moved from Bellingham to Everett and eventually settled in Seattle before the breakout of WWII.

She met her husband Corden Powelson at the Lutheran Service Center in downtown Seattle 1944. They married on May 3, 1946 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church (Seattle) with Dr. Stub officiating. Corden preceded her in death on September 19, 2000 after 54 years of marriage. Eilene was a member of Peace Lutheran Church for over 20 years.

Eilene is also preceded in death by her son Vernon W. Powelson (2000) and Sister LaVerne R. Tostenson (1999).

Eilene is survived by her sister Nadine (Claude) Thompson of Seattle; son Richard (Karla) Powelson of Vashon; daughter-in-law Julie Powelson of Port Orchard; three grandsons, Aaron (Jennifer) Powelson of Shelton; Adam Powelson and Erik Powelson of Vashon. Plus, two great-grandchildren, Kyla and Jasen Powelson of Shelton.

Eilene graduated from Lincoln High School on June 14, 1939 and started working at the America Cookie Company, then moved on to Pacific Northwest Bell, which eventually became AT&T. Eilene worked in the accounting department until she retired in 1983.

Eilene loved spending time at the family cabin on Lake Sawyer with family and friends. She also loved to spend time with her three grandsons enjoying their birthdays and making all the holidays special with how she decorated her home for every holiday throughout the year.

The memorial service will be held at Providence Mount Saint Vincent Chapel (3rd floor) nursing center on June 21, 2014, at 1:30 pm with Reverend Eldon Olson and Reverend David Wold, both from Peace Lutheran Church, officiating. The burial will precede the memorial at the Evergreen Washelli Cemetery. Yarington Funeral Home will handle the burial arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Providence Mount Saint Vincent Foundation (4831 35th Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98126) in Eilene’s name for the support and care the staff at the Mount gave Eilene over the last seven years.

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