Shirley Powell

Shirley Powell was born in May 1936 and passed away on April 30, 2023 at home with her family close by.  She is preceded in death by her parents Doris and Sidney Taylor, and nephew Lee Taylor.  She is survived by daughters Teresa West (Lee) and Wendy Powell (Yvette).  Grandchildren: Taylor McCormick (Brandon) and (Great Grand pup Hank) and Dillon West (Sarah) (Great Grandson Waylon) and (Grand pup Dixie) and a Brother, Robert Taylor (Ann)

Shirley was a lifelong resident of Somerset County and a longstanding member of Antioch Church, in Princess Anne.   She devoted her time to chaperoning MYF dances, assisting with yard sales and dinners and any other fund raising opportunities for the Church.

Prior to retirement, she worked for the Somerset County Department of Social Services, where she enjoyed her job and her co-workers, many of whom remained lifelong friends.

Shirley found plenty of local adventures on the Eastern Shore, but was bitten by the travel bug and would venture on road trips whenever she could.  She took many trips with family and friends.  In particular she loved the National Parks and Seashores.  She was able to visit the four corners of the United States including Alaska and parts of Canada. She also loved to watch her grandchildren compete in sports and would eagerly pack up her chair and blanket to go watch a ball game, they were a great joy to her.

She relished time at the beach, whether it was the Outer Banks, Assateague, or anywhere she could put her feet in the sand and her kayak in the water.  She had multiple hobbies including, reading, gardening, walking, biking, and watching college basketball on TV.  She was also an avid and accomplished kayaker.  She won several awards in her age group when she was competing in races.  She continued to kayak well into her 80′s, and more recently took up fishing, sometimes reeling in 2 at a time.

Her Washington High School year book motto held true her whole life, “No fools no fun”, she lived her life to the fullest.  She enjoyed time with family and friends, and would encourage others to live every minute doing what they love.  Paddle on.

There will not be a formal funeral service but a gathering of family and friends on May 12, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. at the Pocomoke River State Park: Milburn Landing, 3036 Nassawango Road Pocomoke, MD at the Mattoponi Pavilion, near the boat ramp.   A place near to her heart.

In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to, Antioch Church,  Sharing and Caring Committee, PO Box 297, Princess Anne MD 21853  or Bikes for the World, memo Shirley Powell, 11720 Parklawn Drive, Rockville, MD 20852


2 comments to Shirley Powell

  • JoAnn McKenzie

    I loved your mother. She was so fun to be around at that office.I will always remember her and smile when I do. So sorry for your loss, she will be missed

  • Loisisha Redding

    Ms. Shirley loved each of you so much. She would always talk about the next trip she was planning whether canoeing or hiking and she loved going to hockey games. Hold on to all the wonderful memories. May God bless and comfort each of you.

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