Jeanne Powell passed away peacefully in her home on Tuesday, September 25th. Her loving family surrounded her at the time of her passing.
Frances Jeanne Le Baron Gaston Powell
J. Levy & Termini Funeral Home
Jeanne was born June 15, 1930 in Kilbourne, Ohio to her mother, the late Elizabeth Huber Le Baron and her father, the late Olin W. Le Baron. Her family moved to Galveston in 1944 and Jeanne graduated from Ball High School in 1947. Jeanne received her bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University and a master’s degree in education from University of Houston. Jeanne worked for many years in the Galveston school system as an educational diagnostician.
Jeanne had a great love of nature and of the outdoors and passed her appreciation and knowledge of plants, birds and other animals on to her children. Jeanne’s art is filled with images of the natural beauty she encountered throughout the world. She pursued her artistic passions in watercolor, photography and a number of other mediums throughout her lifetime. In 1973, her watercolors were featured in her first (but not her last) one-woman show at the Rosenberg Library in Galveston. Jeanne’s work was often exhibited in Galveston galleries. She was a longtime member of the Galveston Art League.
Jeanne and her beloved husband, the late Dr. Leslie Charles Powell Jr. of Galveston spent almost thirty years happily traveling the globe and volunteering their time in places such as Kenya, Malawi, Sudan, Vietnam and within the United States in Native American communities. Their curiosity and love of adventure took them to the Amazon, Antarctica, Alaska, Mongolia, China, Russia and a host of other destinations. Jeanne made many friends in all corners of the earth and many became part of the ever-expanding Powell “family”.
Jeanne is preceded in death by her husband, Dr. L.C. Powell, her parents and her ex-husband, Dr. Charles Owen Gaston of League City and stepson Jeffrey Powell of Galveston. She is survived by her sisters, Priscilla Bevins of Columbia, Missouri, and Susan Le Baron of Austin, sister-in-law Judith Hunter of Laredo, children David Gaston of Port Bolivar, Elaine Gaston of Pasadena, California, Sally Kipketer of Kenya and Galveston, stepsons, Dr. Randell Powell of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Daniel Powell of Jacksonville, Florida, and Gerard Powell of Palo Alto, California. Her grandchildren John, Michael, Erica, Kristin, Laura, Halley and one great granddaughter, Kaylea, also survive her.
Jeanne will never be gone until all of us who knew her and loved her have also passed from this earth and cease to speak her name. And still her art will endure.
The family plans a celebration of Jeanne’s life at Garten Verein in Kempner Park, 2704 Avenue O, Galveston, on Monday, October 1st. Services will begin at 6:30 pm. Friends and family will be invited to share their memories of Jeanne. A reception will immediately follow.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Turning Point Gulf Coast (PO Box 2118, Galveston, Texas 77553) or to a charity of your choice.