Involved in aerobics until her late years

Published in the January 3, 2018 edition

LYNNFIELD — Ruby L. Powell, 95, died Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at her residence surrounded by her family.

Born in Alabama on June 12, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Robert E. and Molly (Bayne) Cartee.

As a child, Mrs. Powell was raised and traveled throughout the south with her family. She resided in Tennessee, Arizona and New Mexico before graduating from Russelville High School in Russelville, Alabama.

She married the love of her life George Powell of Reading, in October 1941, and raised four children residing in Greenwood, and Lynnfield for over 70 years.

Mrs. Powell worked as a sales consultant for Fashion-Two Twenty and Lady Finelle Cosmetics for over 40 years, where she was awarded two cars for sales excellence.

A member of the First Baptist Church of Wakefield since 1952, Mrs. Powell volunteered for many committees and positions with her church family.  She was a member of the Wakefield Choral Society for many years. She was involved in aerobics until her late years, and loved cooking for her family and planning big events and holidays.

Most of all, Mrs. Powell was a mom, grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother. Her wisdom and infectious smile and great sense of humor will be missed by all who knew her.

She was the beloved wife of the late George F. Powell. She was the loving mother of Gary R. Powell and his wife Emily of North Reading; Cheryl L. Powell of Lynnfield; George L. Powell and his wife Lori of Londonderry, New Hampshire; and the late Ronald R. Powell. She was the mother-in-law of Neva Powell of Haverhill. She was the sister of Earl Cartee; and Ann Creasman and her husband Beacher of Alabama; and the late Harold Cartee. She was the grandmother of Jocelyn Neukuckatz, Laurie Hogan, Leslie Taylor, and Gary L., Scott, Adam, Jake, Andy, Matthew, Joseph, and Kristina Powell. She is also survived by 13 great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Chris Cartee of Florida, and many nieces and nephews.

Her funeral service was held in the First Baptist Church, 8 Lafayette St., Wakefield on Wednesday, Jan. 3. Interment followed at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody. Visitation for relatives and friends was held at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ruby’s name to First Baptist Church, 8 Lafayette St., Wakefield, MA 01880.