Powell, Mattie

Written by David Green.

Mattie Elizabeth Powell, 5, of rural Fayette, Ohio,  died June 2, 2010, after a battle of more than two years with brain and bone cancer.

Mattie had a beautiful smile and touched many lives in her short lifetime.

Mattie is survived by her parents, Duane and Sara Powell; a sister, Hanna Powell; grandparents, Carolyn Powell, Marie Aubry and Dave (and Marcia) Aubry; aunts, Ann Aubry (and Ted Rundio), Beth (and Ron) Black, and Becky Powell (and Burt Hasch); uncles, Marc (and Sarah) Aubry and Kevin Powell; cousins, Justin Dickerson, Katie, Reggie, Payton Black, Raymond Powell, and Jackson and Claire Aubry; great uncles and aunts, David and Karen O'Grady, Kevin and Kay O'Grady, Dan and Cynthy Kleman, Larry and Joanne Barron and Chester and Grace Hartwell; and all the special friends she has met during her journey.

Family and friends may visit from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 6, at Morenci Bible Fellowship, 244 W. Main St., Morenci. A celebration of Mattie's life is scheduled at 11 a.m. Monday, June 7, at St. Casper Church, 1205 N. Shoop Ave., Wauseon, with visitation one hour prior to the service. A burial service will follow at 3 p.m. at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.

Arrangements were handled by Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci.

Memorial contributions may be sent in Mattie’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 143, Memphis, TN 38148 or Hospice of Fulton County Community Health Professionals, 1159 Westwood Dr., Van Wert, OH 45891.

 The family would like to thank the staff and volunteers at Toledo Hospital, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Hospice of Fulton County for everything they did to make Mattie’s time during her journey special.

The family would also like to thank everyone who sent Christmas and birthday cards to Mattie and all the support and prayers.


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