Mary Powell obituary (1932 – 2021) – Skokie, IL


Mary Chace Powell (Midge), 89, passed away peacefully on December 18, 2021 surrounded by her family. She will be sadly missed by her 64-year-old husband William L. Powell, her children Mary (Timothy), Bill (Jennifer) and Sally (Wilbert) and her eight grandchildren: Richie (Arica), Stephen and Mary Adelaide Nelson; Pamela, Nina and Sam Powell; and William and Lydia Steentjes. Midge was born in Evanston on April 28, 1932 and raised in Winnetka. She attended Winnetka Public Schools and was a proud graduate of the North Shore Country Day School class of 1949. It was the lasting friendship with her “49er’s” classmates that served as the foundation of all love. throughout his life. After graduating from Sweet Briar College in 1953, Midge returned to Chicago to work for the Northern Trust Co. and Leo Burnett Co. After raising her children, Midge returned to professional life as a working real estate agent. for Jean Wright Real Estate for over 25 years. A long-time resident of the North Shore, Midge was passionate about her Winnetka community, Christ Church being a pillar of this community. It was at Christ Church where she and Bill married in 1957 and where she taught Sunday School and served in the Altar Guild for many years. Friend of all, Midge was happiest helping others. She will be remembered for her kind heart and generous spirit, welcoming the less fortunate and those in need into our family and our lives. A passionate volunteer, Midge was a member of Northwestern Settlement, the Junior League of Evanston-North Shore, Horizon Hospice, the Garden Guild of Winnetka and served on the Winnetka Plan Commission. His many other passions included traveling the world, gardening, and golden retrievers. She also loved golf, winning several women’s championships at the Indian Hill Club and its beloved Wausaukee Club in northern Wisconsin. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Evanston Hospital, especially Dr Amy Wang, the nurses at 5 South Searle, the compassionate and dedicated nurses at McGaw Care Center who lovingly cared for Midge in her final days, and all. the wonderful staff members of Highlands Assisted Living who surrounded Midge with love. A memorial service is scheduled for May 2022. Donations in memory of Midge can be made to North Shore Country Day School (https://www.nscds.org). Info: donnellanfuneral.com

Posted by Chicago Tribune on January 2, 2022.


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