The Curry Coastal Pilot

Former resident Jean Power passed away at her home in Brookings on April 30, 2012, surrounded by her family. She was 81.

Jean was born Feb. 1, 1931, in Baltimore, Md., to Francis and Mildred (Rogers) Firth.

She grew up and attended school there. Jean earned a bachelor's degree from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, where she was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society.

She married Thomas M. Power Oct. 24, 1953, in Arlington, Va. They made their home in Bethesda, Md.

Jean worked briefly until she and Tom had their second child. She then stayed at home to raise their children. Tom's work with the federal government allowed them to travel all over the world. In 1996, Jean and Tom retired to Green Valley, Ariz., where they lived until moving to Brookings, in 2004.

Jean loved to garden. She had a green thumb and could grow just about anything. She also loved to read and was an excellent seamstress, making many of her family's clothes. She enjoyed traveling all over the world, including a recent trip to New Zealand. She was a wonderful mother; the Power home would often be the center of the neighborhood where friends were always welcome for dinner. Jean was also a devoted member of the Roman Catholic Church; in Brookings she attended Star of the Sea Catholic Church.

Survivors include her husband Tom of Brookings; children Ruth Orem, Geoffrey Power, Brice Power, Alane "Amy" Hoke, Dorothy Marshall, Lee Dedinsky and Neal Power; brother John Firth; sister Mary Lee Prentice. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren.

A memorial mass was held at Star of the Sea. Inurnment will be at a later date at Loudon Park Cemetery in Baltimore.

Donations in memory of Jean Power may be sent to Star of the Sea Catholic Church, P.O. Box 1066, 820 Old County Road, Brookings, OR 97415.

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Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.