Obituary of Delores Power
Delores Ann Power went home to be with the Lord on October 30, 2017, only 4 days after her 85th birthday.
Born on October 26th 1932 in Astoria, Oregon, she was the firstborn child of Rose Campbell Kelim and Beecher Kelim. After returning to New York State as an infant, her father was tragically killed in a plane crash when Delores was 1 year old. Her mother re-married and Delores was raised by her mother and step-father, Merton S. Davis Sr. who adopted her. Her name became Davis and Delores Ann Davis grew up with two younger brothers and one younger sister.
Delores grew up in Corning, NY and was a lifelong resident. She was a born-again Christian and Methodist. Growing up in Corning she had a view of the track and field of Northside High School where she later graduated in 1950. She was in marching band in High School, and music was a part of her life as she also sang in church and for school performances.
Delores Davis attended Brockport Teacher’s College and graduated with a teaching degree in 1953. Delores, or “Del” as she was known to friends and family had the heart and soul of a teacher. Gifted with an exceptional love and aptitude for English and Language Arts, she went on to many public speaking events where she read poetry, gave speeches and sang. She was a member of The Daughters Of The American Revolution ( DAR ), Eastern Star and her High School “Alumni Ladies”. Del was also an active participant in many state and local political issues, making her voice heard at the voting booth.
Delores and Joseph Power met at a USO dance and were later married in Oscoda, Michigan on December 23, 1954. They celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary in 2014 at Absolut Care of Three Rivers in Painted Post. Del Power taught First Grade students at Calvin Smith School. Everyone who knew “Del” Power knew her for her love of children, engaging enthusiastic personality and her bright smile. She was well known for her love of music and poetry.
Del was a mother, grandmother and great-grand mother and also had nieces and nephews who she loved and took a special interest in every event in their lives.
She is survived by a son, Mark Power; daughter, Deirdre Power (Darryl ) Smith; brothers, Mark ( Arlene ) Davis and, Merton ( Sonny ) Davis Jr.; two granddaughters, Lindsay Longwell and Ashlee Ashley, one great grandson, and nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held at Grace United Methodist Church and burial at West Branch Cemetery at a later date to be announced.