POWELL, Joan Johnson, 83, of Steubenville, OH, passed away Saturday, August 4, 2012, at her home.
She was born on July 27, 1929, in Follansbee, WV, the daughter of the late Charles B. and Pauline Mills Johnson.
She was a lifelong member of First Westminster Presbyterian Church and was active in the Helen Martin Circle, Steubenville Woman's Club and Garden Club. Joan was an avid collector of antiques and a passionate ambassador for Questers International, a nonprofit organization which encourages an appreciation for antiques and the preservation and restoration of historical landmarks. For 30 years she was a member of her local Steubenville chapter, "De-He-Wa-Mis." In 2009, Joan was awarded the "Quester Woman of the Year" award in part for her efforts in founding five new chapters of the organization ("Edwin M. Stanton," "Ohio and West Virginia Sternwheelers," "Hetty Elizabeth Beatty," "Bezaleel Wells" and "James Wilson"). She served as a former vice president for the Ohio Questers Association and among her fellow Questers she was known as "Wonder Woman Joan Powell".
In addition to her parents, Joan was preceded in death by her brother, Richard "Dick" Johnson in 1992.
Joan is survived by her husband of 61 years, Judge Richard L. Powell; three children, Susan (Floyd) Stewart of Pompano Beach, Fla., Kimberly Hargett and Douglas Powell, both of Steubenville; three grandchildren, Justin Hargett of Brooklyn, NY, Travis Hargett of Raleigh, NC and Lucas Powell of Steubenville; and two brothers, Donald and Thomas Johnson, both of Florida.
Friends may call at Dunlope-Shorac Funeral Home, 215 Fernwood Road, Wintersville, on Monday 4-7 p.m. and Tuesday 4-7 p.m.
On Wednesday, friends may call at First Westminster Church, 235 N. Fourth St., Steubenville from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at 10 a.m. with Rev. Jason Elliott officiating. Burial at Union Cemetery.
A proud graduate of Steubenville High School, Class of 1947, memorial donations may be made to the Joan J. Powell Scholarship Fund, c/o Steubenville High School, 420 North Fourth St., Steubenville, Ohio 43952.
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