May 17, 1925 — Sept. 21, 2017
Colleen (“Cluny”) Powell was born on May 17, 1925 in Sioux City, Iowa, to Vern and Florence Maupin. She died on Sept. 21, 2017 in Portland. She was 92 years old.
Colleen was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Gordon Alderman Powell. She is survived by daughter Pamela Sutherland (Bruce); daughter Paige Powell; daughter Robin Powell (Sid Snyder); daughter Heidi Powell (Andy Jessup); five grandchildren, Calvin, Whitney, Taylor, Lydia and Clara; and a grandcanine, Poe.
Colleen grew up in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, where her parents owned and operated a small-town pharmacy with a soda fountain, groceries and billiards. She studied sciences at Briar Cliff College and Creighton University.
She loved flying and became a United Airlines stewardess flying out of Portland. Her longest flight was in a DC-3 to Denver with stops in The Dalles, Pendleton, Boise and Twin Falls. They usually flew at about 8,000 feet, but when they exceeded 9,000 feet the crew sucked on oxygen tubes.
As a stewardess, Colleen was responsible for serving meals to 21 passengers and two pilots. The return flight from Denver often encountered strong headwinds, and could take eight hours. Married stewardesses were not allowed, so Colleen’s airline career ended when she married Gordon in 1948.
Colleen raised four daughters in Raleigh Hills. She sewed beautiful clothes for them, and supported their many interests. She endlessly drove them to a variety of music, dance, art, swimming, riding and golf lessons. Colleen had a successful real estate career for 50 years, first in Portland and later in Gearhart, where she and Gordon moved after Gordon retired in 1986.
Colleen enjoyed making arts and crafts, skiing and bridge club. Colleen was known for the Scotch shortbread she served at open houses, English toffee and the gorgeous May baskets she made and delivered to friends each May Day.
No service will be held. Remembrances may be made to the Clatsop County Animal Shelter and the Pixie Project in Portland.