Eva Jean R. Powers, 76, of Otter, MT passed away on Monday, December 10, 2012 at the Sheridan Memorial Hospital.
Eva Jean Reed was born in 1936 to Thomas Reed and Alice Reed (Hebbert) in Sheridan Wyoming one of twin daughters. They were new sisters to Alice and William Taylor. When she was a youngster, the parents divorced and the mother moved her family to Minnesota for the winter where she worked on a horse ranch. The family only stayed in Minnesota for the one winter and then moved back to the Sheridan area. Jean grew up in the Sheridan area and on January 2, 1952 she married Gilbert Powers in Hardin, MT. She went to her new home at Otter, Montana where as a young bride she lived in a one-room house without electricity, running water, or other modern conveniences. Her wedding trip consisted of a snowy trip to the country on “unimproved roads”. As the empty two-wheel drive pickup tried to spin up the hill, each time it didn’t quite make it to the top. Gil purposed a plan to his young bride that if she would just hop on the back bumper and give him a little traction, he thought they would just make it. The 15-year-old, spunky gal jumped on the back bumper and they spun and clawed their way to the top of the hill. Just as they crested the top and Charley Conley met them and commented “that was no way to treat his bride.” Her first cook-stove was a wood/coal stove that doubled as heat during that first cold winter. The young couple worked that first year for Charles Conley, over the years they worked for neighboring ranches and then went to work back at the family ranch. As the early years went by, the couple moved to the home ranch where they still live.
In September of 1952 a son, Thomas was born, in 1954 a daughter, Christina, in 1957 a son, Wayne, and in 1967 a daughter, Marion.
Jean was a woman of many talents. She worked outside alongside of her mate and partner haying and doing whatever needed to be done. She also helped feed many a thrashing and branding crew as well as creating great holiday feasts. If there was a task that needed doing, she could figure out how to get it done! While Marion was going to high school, Jean worked in Clearmont, Wyoming. At first she worked in the locker plant, and then as the librarian and bus driver for the Sheridan School district # 3. She continued driving school bus for over 20 years and always received cards and letters from her past students.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents Thomas and Alice Reed, a sister, Alice (Sissie) Bouren, son, Wayne, and son-in-law David Schmid. She is survived by her husband of nearly 61 years, Gilbert, son Thomas, daughters Christina (Schmid) and Marion (Grover), twin sister, Jane Weber, brother, Taylor Reed, grandchildren: Thomas, Joseph, (Schmid), Jennie, Jessie, Kelly, Nate (Powers), Ben (White), Andy, Kaity, Trevor (Todd), Eva (Grover) and 12 great-grand children.
Over the years the two partners, sweethearts, and card/game players went through many changes, but through it all, they enjoyed each other and in the end Gilbert said, “We always had fun!”
Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at Kane Funeral Home with Reverend Kevin Jones officiating. Interment will be in the Elks Memorial Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Elks Lodge.
Online condolences may be written at www.kanefuneral.com.
Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.