Shirley Priscilla Powers


Rockland - Shirley Priscilla Powers, 92, of Rockland, ME, passed away on the morning of May 17 at the Togus VA Hospital in Augusta, ME. A retired officer of the United States Army, she was deployed with the Allied Occupation Forces in Germany during the Korean War. She is survived by her sisters: Beverly Powers Morin of East Millinocket, ME and Carole Powers Boynton of Lincoln, ME; her nephews and nieces: Roy Davis, of St. Simons Island, GA, Nancy Davis Standish, of Milton, GA, Julie Morin Lynch, of Millinocket, ME, John Boynton, III of Belfast, ME, Michael Powers, of Beijing, China, Vesta Boynton Wyman, of Cedar Lake Township, ME, Carl Morin, of East Millinocket, ME, James Boynton, of Old Town, ME, and Timothy Morin, of Winterport, ME; and her close companion, Patricia Henrikson, of Rockland, ME. She was predeceased by her brothers: Roland Powers, of Arlington, VA and John Powers, of Dover, MA; her sister: Barbara Powers Davis, of Rockland, ME; and her niece: Donya Powers, of Providence, RI.
Shirley was born in Medway, ME on May 29, 1926 to Roy L. Powers and Thelma V. (Nolan) Powers. She grew up on her parents' dairy farm, and attended Medway High School, where she was known as a formidable basketball player. During the Second World War, she interrupted her high school studies to do military-related work at Quoddy (Eastport, ME). After completing her secondary education at Higgins Classical Institute in Charleston, ME, she began cadet training as a nurse at Eastern Maine General Hospital in Bangor, and joined Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital upon graduation.
With the onset of hostilities in Korea, Shirley entered the U.S. Army, and was commissioned a second lieutenant. Stationed in Germany, she served with distinction during the post-war occupation, and was promoted to the rank of first lieutenant prior to returning stateside in 1953. After receiving her bachelor of science degree in nursing administration from the University of Minnesota, she relocated to New York City, where she worked at St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan for more than 25 years.
Upon retiring, Shirley remained active in traveling, sports, and various intellectual pursuits. For several years, she divided her time between Maine and Florida, before settling down in Rockland. She enjoyed playing golf and tennis, continued a lifelong passion for photography, and - in her late 70s - began the serious study of painting. She also developed a strong interest in family genealogy, eagerly chasing down leads through official records and distant relations, and was a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Shirley is fondly remembered as a patient, solicitous, and good-humored sister and aunt. Over the years, she frequently visited her siblings, nieces, and nephews up and down the east coast, and always kept in touch through hand-crafted Christmas cards and personal notes. She also is remembered as physically vigorous, determined, and fearless. As a child, she impressed the other children - especially the boys - by jumping off the bridge crossing the east branch of the Penobscot River; in her late 50s, she abruptly terminated a lifetime habit of smoking; and in her 70s, she survived the weight of a car rolling over her with only minor bruises.
On July 28, Shirley's family and friends will gather for an interment service at the East Millinocket Cemetery. The service, led by the Rev. Lee Ann Betz, will begin at 2:00 p.m., and include full military honors.
Published on July 15, 2019
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Lois York
Jul 16, 2019
Shirley and.I went to Quoddy together on a train from Millinocket to Eastport,Me. on March 10.1943.
We skipped school to go see Gone With the Wind when we were juniors in high school.
Jul 15, 2019