Lillian Powell, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and dear friend passed away at the age of 74 on Dec. 1, 2005, at the Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, N.M.
Lillian was born Feb. 17, 1931, to Kathleen and Guy Allen West, in the small East Texas town of Bronson, where she lived with her grandparents until the age of 6. She then moved west to the Houston area with her two sisters, Juanita and Sally, and brother, Wallace O’Neil.
She married Frank Munos in 1950 and lived in St. Augustine, Texas. Shortly after, they moved to Albuquerque, where they had three children. Frank preceded her in death.
Lillian married William Powell on Nov. 24, 1960, in St. Augustine, Texas.
They lived in various locations throughout the west before settling in Hood River in 1974.
They had two children. Lovingly married 36 years, Bill preceded her in death in 1996. She married her close friend, Archie Lester, in 2000; she precedes him in death.
Lillian obtained her Real Estate license in the mid-1980s, launching a successful career as a frequent Top Producer in the Mid-Columbia Valley. Having grown up in hard circumstances herself, she especially enjoyed helping young and lower income families get into their first homes.
For more than 20 years, Lillian worked tirelessly to help scores of families purchase their first homes in the area. Her involvement with FHA and VHA loans led to helping more families qualify for home ownership.
Lillian was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. She was actively involved in the Lioness and Lions Clubs for more than 20 years. At one time or another, she held every office in the local Lioness chapter, including president three years running.
Among her favorite memories was performing several years in the Annual Lions’ Follies along with her close friends, Bev Rowland and Ellen Hand. In addition, she is well remembered for her work on the Hood River Christmas project where she led the Toys for Tykes program.
During her tenure, the program grew from providing toys and clothes to 300 children to 577 families in the greater Columbia Gorge area.
Her last community project, along with Archie Lester, was to gain funding through the Lions for the Hood River Valley High School Baseball Batting Facility, which will benefit numerous youth programs in the area. Lillian touched so many lives in the community, young and old, she will be deeply missed.
Lillian was a great friend, loving mother, doting grandma and great-grandma. She loved attending her grandchildren’s games, cheering proudly from the stands or from home listening on the radio. Win or lose, “Grandmaw” will always be in her grandkids’ corner.
Laughter and kindness were trademark qualities allowing her to always find a positive note to any situation. Her favorite thing of all was to gather family and friends at her house for a big meal and a game of cards, where lots of laughter and jokes were shared by all.
She is survived by her five children: Frank, Pamela and Jess Munos and Patricia and James Powell.
She is also survived by 10 grandchildren: Richard, Jesse, and Jentry Munos, Lori Alton, Kathy O’Dea and Randy Johnson, Spencer, Chase and Teal Munos and Steven Powell; and five great-grandchildren: Brianna and Austin O’Dea, Jared and Duke Johnson and James Mason Squire.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center, Friday Dec. 9.
Vault interment will follow at the Pine Grove Cemetery.
A visitation will be held Thursday, Dec. 8, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, to honor Lillian’s love of baseball, kids and the Hood River community, the family requests that donations may be made to the Hood River High School Baseball Team, Hitting Facility Project, c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals-Receptions-Cremations), 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.