Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Beatrice Jessie Powers

In Loving Memory

Beatrice Jessie (Nixon) Powers was born on July 25, 1928 in Coeburn, VA and passed away on December 1, 2023 in Pasco, WA. Beatrice was the youngest daughter and last surviving of 11 children born to Robert A. and Margaret V. (Colyer) Nixon.

Bea was preceded in death by her six brothers and four sisters. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Raymond S. Powers, whom she married September 8, 1945; her first son and daughter-in-law: Ronald R. and Gloria (Owens) Powers; and son-in-law: Gary Vaughn.

Bea is survived by six of her seven children: Emma Vaughn, James (Kathy) Powers, Betty (Larry) Lemaster, Debbie (David) Lazorski, Nathaniel (Irma) Powers, and Mona (Mike) Gray; 15 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren. Only one of her children got her sparkling green eyes.

Moving back and forth from Coeburn to Mansfield, Ohio, Raymond and Beatrice raised their children and settled in Shiloh, Ohio. Bea worked at Pioneer Rubber Co. in Willard where she made many friends while making surgical gloves. She volunteered at the Red Cross, which gave her much fulfillment in helping others. Her green thumb could grow anything. She loved to cook and feed people. Bea was an avid reader and, in one particular year, read 100 books. She loved to crochet, listen to music, and dancing was one of her greatest pleasures. She would play some on her organ or keyboard. She also loved her pets and bird watching.

Bea was a member of the Shiloh Chapter of the Ohio Order of Eastern Star. Bea made her home in Benton City, WA with two of her daughters and their families for the past 15 years. While in Mansfield she attended the Free Will Baptist Church and a local church in Benton City.

Family and friends are welcome on Saturday, December 9, 2023 from 10-11 am at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875 where funeral services will immediately follow at 11 am. Pastor Chris Standridge, Pastor at Crossroads Church- Ontario Campus, will officiate the services. Bea will be laid to rest beside her husband at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Shiloh.

Online condolences may be left on Bea’s obituary on the funeral home’s website,, or their Facebook page,


To view Bea’s Tribute Video, click the provided link: Beatrice Jessie Powers Tribute Video

Memories & Condolence

  1. Judy Nixon Davis says:

    To my cousins and family. Aunt Bea is definitely singing and dancing along we her loved ones. What a blessing it will be to see everyone again someday .
    It isn’t easy loosing your Mother , your friend and very glue that held the family together. Try to play back the movie of her life as she lived it keeping in mind what a strong and loving woman she was. Missing her will be the hardest but remembering the pain she endured will be over shallowed by the blessings of her life. Praying you all will find strength, peace in knowing she is with her Jesus. Love to all Judy Kaye

  2. Esta F Polachek says:

    So sorry for your loss. I worked with Bea at Pioneer and I still remember her. I also worked with Betty at the Assembly of God daycare. You are so blessed with many memories I am sure. Prayers of Comfort to the family ❤️

  3. Charles Briggs says:

    Shiloh Lodge passes our sympathy to all the Powers Family.

    Chuck Briggs
    Secretary Shiloh Lodge

  4. Nancy Helbert Salyer says:

    Dearest Cousins, Knowing how difficult it is to lose your mother and that words can’t ease the pain, I want you to tell you all that Aunt Bea was loved and cherished by myself and my sisters and brothers!! Growing up, Dolly, Roxy and I would play house with our baby dolls. One of us would pretend to be Aunt Shelby and one would be Aunt Erma and we all wanted to be Aunt Bea!!
    We loved her fun spirit and the kindness she showed us!!Aunt Bea will never be forgotten! I love you all and wish that I could be with you! Praying for each of you!! Love, Cousin Nancy

  5. Andy Sovine says:

    Bea’s legacy is the great family she raised. I have fond memories of time spend at the farm house. Bea treated me as one of her own. Occasionally I find myself saying aaah poopyliver as she often did. Wishing you all peace during your grief. Yours Andy Sovine

  6. Gail Dick says:

    Prayers. May you have infinite memories to sustain you. God bless.

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