February 2, 1929 -- April 6, 2021

Doris Joy Powers, 92, of LaGrange, formerly of Bristol and Union, MI, died at 6:55
pm, on Tuesday, April 6 at Miller’s Merry Manor, LaGrange. She was born on
February 2, 1929, in Union, MI, to Claude Harvey and Blanche (Gushwa) Trout. On
April 19, 1952 she married Gene W. Powers; he passed away in 1994. Surviving are
daughter, Erin Bowers of Bristol; two sons, Rob Powers of Union, MI, Eric (Amy)
Powers of Middlebury; 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded
in death by her husband, parents, and sister, Norma Jean Lightfoot. Doris grew up
working on the family farm in Union, MI until getting married and moving to Bristol.
Upon her husband Gene's passing, she returned to the family farm now owned by
her son Rob, where she enjoyed gardening and spending quality time with her
grandchildren. She was a 1946 graduate of Bristol High School and attended
teacher training school in Cass County Michigan and Western Michigan College in
Kalamazoo, MI. Doris was a teacher of multiple grade levels in one room country
schools for eight years. She was a first-grade teacher at Baldwin Prairie School in
Union, MI, a kindergarten teacher in the Bristol area for six years, and a substitute
teacher for over ten years. She also served as the church secretary and treasurer  
for nine years at Bristol United Methodist Church and worked as a receptionist for   
R.G. Horswell, MD in Bristol for 16 years. Doris was a member of Oak Hills Ladies
Golf League for over 30 years, a member of Daughters of the American Revolution
(DAR) with nine proven ancestors, and a member of Bristol United Methodist
Church since 1952. She was a 30-year attendee of the Elkhart Women's Connection,
the 2003 Bristol Homecoming Senior Queen, and served many years on the Bristol
Election Board. The family will hold a graveside service at a later date in Oak Ridge  
Cemetery, Bristol. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Miller’s
Merry Manor, LaGrange. Please mail any contributions to Miller-Stewart Funeral
Home at 1003 S. Main Street, Middlebury, IN 46540.

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