Loretha M. Powers, 80, Andover, passed away on March 20, 2014.
Loretha Marie Powers, 80, Andover, passed away on March 20, 2014.
Memoral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at the Faith Baptist Church, 417 W. Central, in Andover, with Pastor Jerry Smith presiding.
She was born Oct. 20, 1933 to Verna Marie Wade and Edmund Wayne Agard, and was the oldest of four children (two sisters and a brother). She grew up on a farm in Piedmont and graduated from Piedmont High School in May 1951. One month prior in April 1951 she married the love of her life Cecil Gene Powers. Together with Cecil, Loretha had three daughters, Rebecca, Terri, and Susan. Loretha was a great mother, homemaker, and worked under the self title of "domestic engineer". She was actively involved with her children and their many activities making school outfits, cheerleading uniforms, prom dresses, and Trojan Day's costumes and made her mark as an excellent seamstress. Loretha also involved herself in the family activity of trotting pony racing and served as the race secretary for the Kansas Trotting Pony Association.
After her children grew up and left home, Loretha engaged herself in a new hobby of raising, training and showing Australian Shepherds and Border Collies that grew into the dog business titled "Lor A Dogpatch" that many people knew her for. Loretha skillfully trained her dogs in obedience, agility, and sheep herding requiring her to also maintain a sheep herd for over 30 years. On her journey to mastering the art of sheep herding, Loretha took a trip to England to see the International Herding Finals and sneaked a picture of the World Champion. It was her only international trip and she cherished it. At one point Loretha expanded her skills in dog training to Howie the duck.
All three of her daughters married and had children, so Loretha was grandmother to 11 adults and great-grandmother to 16 children. They all loved to gather at her home to play in her big yard, sit under the shade tree, and watch the dogs run and play. Loretha and Cecil had their 50th wedding anniversary in 2001, enjoying all their family and friends. She taught all of her children and grandchildren the art of shopping the garage/yard sale circuits and that will remain a favorite family activity forever.
Loretha was a strong, independent, smart, talented woman, who loved her family and took care of her home and husband. Even though she was not big on socializing, she made good friends for life.
She is survived by: her husband Cecil; mother, Verna Marie; children, Rebecca Anderson(Frank), Terri Akin(Don), and Susan Marie Duncan(Buel); sisters, Nadine Hancock and Arlene Hull; sister- in- law, Marsha Agard; grandchildren, Cecilia Chavez, Clay Anderson, Levi Anderson, Sarah Tanner, Hannah Lori Brown, Aaron Akin, Audra Akin, Adam Akin, Ryan Hunt, Stacey Marie Hunt and Regan Hunt; 16 great-grandchildren and many other family and friends.
Loretha was preceded in death by her father, Edmond Wayne, and brother, David Agard.
Memorial donations should be made to the Faith Baptist Church. Online guest register available at www.heritageofandover.com
Loretha loved deeply and served her loved ones selflessly, and we say “THAT’LL DO!”
Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home, Andover.