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Della I. Powell

d. January 13, 2019

Della Powell, age 96, of Petersburg, passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at Sunny Acres Nursing Home near Petersburg.

She was born on September 5, 1922 in Springfield, Illinois the daughter of David E. and Lula Dell McKinney Thompson.

Della married Joseph Powell on May 3, 1941 in St. Charles, MO.

Della is survived by sons, Ronald of Petersburg, Joseph (Angie) of Forest City, IL, and Kevin (Kathy) of Sache, TX; daughters, Beverly (Harry) Wilson of Sweetwater, Susan Elkins of Tunnel Hill, IL, and Joanna Burton of Petersburg; twenty-three grandchildren several great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; son, Stephen; and brothers and sisters.

Della enjoyed reading, western shows, and Lawrence Welk.

Visitation for Della will be held from 4:00 until 7:00 PM on Friday, January 18, 2019 at Mott & Henning Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 10:30 AM also at the funeral home with Rev. John Swinford officiating.

Burial will be held at Sugar Grove Cemetery near Sweetwater.

Memorials can be given to the Sweetwater Christian Church.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family. On-line condolences can be shared at


  1. Prayers to the family.

  2. Going to miss you Aunt Irene, but I am grateful that you are relaxing next to Uncle Joe!

  3. If I had to describe you in a few simple words, I would simply say, You are one incredible woman. Throughout my lifetime whenever I needed something your natural maternal instinct would kick in and you would be there for me. In each and every situation. I cannot begin to tell you how that made me feel. Knowing in my heart that there was nothing you wouldn’t do for me. It left me with such a deep appreciation and overwhelming gratitude to have such a sweet and loving grandmother like you in my life. You mean the world to me, Grandma! I pray I can be half the grandma you were to me to my grandchildren. I love and miss you more than I could ever express. Until we meet again tell Grandpa I love him! Kimmy Sue

  4. Joann and Juanita and family. So sorry for your loss. I remember her on the farm in Sweetwater when I was a young girl. She was always such a nice lady.

  5. dear grandma i am going to miss your smiling face and your beautiful smile. there has never been a day that i dont think about how fun life was going to your house and how the smell of all the good food you had made. god had given me a wondèrful life while you was here. now that you have a life with every one in heaven its nice to know you are happy now. greatest grandma i could ask for. you will be missed so much we love you.

  6. When I think of the person that’s had the greatest impact on my life, I think about my wonderful, loving, caring, amazing great grandma that helped shape me into the young woman I have become. I was truly blessed to know and love you for the 19 years I’ve been alive. I am truly grateful to share a name with the lady that helped shape and change so many peoples lives. I love you forever. I love you always Grandma.

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