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Mavis M. Powell

November 14, 1920 ~ February 3, 2016 (age 95)

   Mavis Marie Powell, 95, of Beardstown, Illinois, formerly of Quincy, died at 4:05 p.m. Wednesday (February 3, 2016) in the Heritage Health Senior Care in Beardstown, Illinois.

   Born November 14, 1920 in Quincy, Mavis was the daughter of Morrison M. and M. Marie Haynes Powell.

   Mavis was a 1939 graduate of Quincy High School and the St. Anthony Hospital School of Nursing in Rock Island, Illinois in 1945.

   Mavis enjoyed music, arts and crafts, reading, writing and etchings and art of early american western and oriental with religious aspects, but her passion and calling in life was nursing.  

   Following her graduation from nusing school, Mavis joined the U. S. Army Nurses Corps, serving as a Second Lieutenant at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin, Fort Jackson, South Carolina, Ft. Leonard Wood in Missouri and at Fitzsimmons General in Denver, CO. during her service in WW II and the Korean War.

   During her nursing career, Mavis was instrumental in creating the first classes for Maternal Child Health at St. Anthony Hospital, worked on an Indian Reservation with the Memominee Tribe in Wisconsin, worked in Neurology Research during the polio epidemic  in Iowa City, Iowa, helped deliver 52 babies in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky, worked in Public Health in the rural areas of Henry and Morgan Counties in Illinois, worked and taught classes at facilities and schools in Moline, Illinois, Nashville, Tennessee and Springfield, Illinois before returning to Quincy where she worked and taught at Blessing Hospital and the Illinois Veteran's Home until her retirement in 1981.

   Mavis never stopped learning and continued her education throughout her career. One highlight with her education was her collaboration with Dr. Amy Frances Brown on one of her 13 books written for medical and surgical nursing and establishing curriculum for student nurses all over the world.

   Mavis was the last of her family.

   Graveside services  with Military Honors by Quincy American Legion Post 37 and the Illinois National Guard Funeral Honors Detail will be held Thursday afternoon at 1:00 in Greenmount Cemetery.

   There is no visitation, but friends are invited to attend the graveside service.  The Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home in Quincy is in charge of the arrangements.

   Memorials may be made to the Great River Honor Flight.

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