S. Johan Powers

S. Johan Powers, 92, of Parsons died at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 17, 2020, at her home following a period of failing health.

She was born Dec. 2, 1927, at Dallas to Louis Elmo and Ida May (Merwin) Willis. At the age of 2 her family returned to the rural area north of Parsons in Neosho County. She graduated from Parsons High School and Kansas State University at Manhattan.

In September 1949 she and Charles A. Powers were married. His career as a civil engineer took the family to many places to live, including St. Francis; three cities in California where their three children were born; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Khartoum, Sudan; San Jose, Costa Rica; and Cochabamba, Bolivia.  

Johan returned to Parsons in 1971 and following her divorce in 1972 she began working at Grandview Products in the office. She left that employment to care for her elderly parents until their deaths and then began employment in the office at Labette Community College, from where she retired.

She was a member of Faith United Methodist Church and especially was involved with her family. Growing up on a farm, she could do many of the household chores she learned in her childhood.

Survivors include her three children, Carol Rabig (Tony) of Parsons, Brian Powers (Karen) of Aurora, Colorado, and Craig Powers of Parsons; four grandchildren and their families, Jennifer Rhoades (Justin) of Denver, Stephanie Holding (Chris) and their children, Kaylee and Ian, of Parsons, Shaun Powers (Ji Un) and their children, Brandon and Ivy, of Aurora, Colorado, and Devin Rabig (Lisa) and their son, Nathaniel, of Parsons; and two brothers, Richard Willis of Wichita and Rollin Willis (Laquetta) of Irving, Texas.  

Preceding her in death were her parents; a brother, Robert Willis; and two sisters-in-law, Verna Willis and Ellen Willis.

There will be a private service at 10 a.m. Thursday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home, with Pat McReynolds officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery at Galesburg. Friends are welcome to sign the register at the funeral home until 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Memorials are suggested to the Labette Community College Foundation and may be left at or sent to the funeral home, Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357.

Online messages may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.

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