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Brenda Lou Powell

Birth Date: March 31, 1949
Death Date: October 5, 2017

Decatur – Brenda Lou Powell, 68, of Decatur, passed away in her home in Decatur, Illinois on Thursday, October 5, 2017.

She was born March 31, 1949 in Kankakee, Illinois to Armond and Regina (Dion) Brosseau. Brenda worked in accounts payable at Christy-Foltz and was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Decatur where she was in the rosary making ministry.

She is survived by her loving husband, Robin Powell, whom she married on September 2, 1998 in Hawaii; her children Aimee (Todd) Craft, Todd Guimond, Ronda Guimond, Jodi (Steve) Ledeboer, and Casey (Matt) Ogden and stepson Charles (Anna) Powell. She was blessed with ten grandchildren: Nathan, Lauren, Jordyn, and Nicholas Craft, Emily and Madison Guimond, Grace and Jack Ledeboer, and Madelyn and Kaitlyn Ogden and two sisters: Janice (Ralph) Sims and Barbara Brosseau both of Bradley, Illinois.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents.

She will be welcomed into God’s Kingdom being remembered for sharing the fun of Christmas lights, her love for San Diego, and the first to call to sing happy birthday. She was a strong woman who battled bravely and served as a wonderful example to the testament of courage, support and love. She was a faith-filled woman who always looked for the presence of God’s whether it be while at the ocean or laboring in the garden and flowers that she loved. She will be greatly missed but remain in the hearts of many.

Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate Brenda’s life will be 11 am, Tuesday, October 10, 2017, in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Rev. Richard Weltin, celebrant; visitation will be one-hour prior in the church. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to EWTN, 5817 Old Leed Road, Irondale, AL 35710.

The family of Brenda Lou Powell is being served by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 2091 N. Oakland Ave., Decatur, IL 62526. Condolences and memories may be shared at

Mass of Christian Burial
October 10, 2017
11:00 am
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
3580 Lourdes Drive Decatur, IL 62526
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October 10, 2017
10:00 am
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Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
3580 Lourdes Drive Decatur, IL 62526
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  1. So sorry for your loss. We were blessed to have such great farm neighbors. Thinking of you at this difficult time.

  2. Thank you Steve & Renee. Mom was strong and brave while ALS challenged her. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers. -Ronda

  3. Thank you Margie. I know my siblings and I have fond memories of Mom’s house on Prairie Street. It provides us peace in knowing she will be remembered always by others. -Ronda (Brenda’s third child)

  4. Thank you Carol for sharing your memories with us. We did not see these photos in any of Mom’s albums so appreciate you posting them. We miss her. -Ronda (Brenda’s third child)

  5. Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Steve & Renee Byarley

  6. Brenda was one of my childhood friends. I will always remember the "Prairie" girls. I'm so sorry for your loss. I will remember her always. Margie Wilkins

  7. I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Brenda fondly, even though I haven't seen her since I moved from the old neighborhood in 1959. We went to school together at St. Joseph's in Bradley and played childhood games in Patty Koerner's backyard. The picture of our First Communion, attached, is one of my most memorable times. Keeping all of you in prayers.
    Carol (Walsh) Martino, Peoria, IL

  8. Brenda evokes fond memories of her time with us in San Diego. We remember her quick wit and quiet sense of humor. She could pull a prank with the best of us. We are blessed that she was in our lives and are comforted that she is home with the Lord.
    God bless and keep you Brenda Powell.
    In remembrance,
    Debbie Mendelsohn

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