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October 3, 1927 - September 22, 2017
Funeral Home Hidden Valley Funeral Home of Kearney
Vivian Powers “Grama Jo”, 89, passed away Friday, September 22, 2017.
Vivian Josephine Charlotte (Jons) Powers, the daughter of Will and Clara (Steffens) Jons was born October 3, 1927, on the Kammerer farm west of Primghar, Iowa. She attended country school at Center Township #2 and graduated from Hartley High School in 1946. She had 2 favorite horses, her pony Betty and her Indian horse Ted whom she loved riding to school back in the day. She enjoyed playing piano and accompanied several bands, played for Eastern Star, church, and loved giving lessons.
She did secretarial work for local attorneys until she married Edgar (Bill) Powers in 1947. In 1963, she began work in the recorder’s office in Primghar, Iowa. In 1968, she took a job with the USDA office and moved to Webster City. In 1971, she transferred with her job to Lincoln, NE. In 1974, she again transferred with her job to Colorado. In 1998, due to a medical injury from her job, she retired from the USDA and moved to Kearney, MO, to be closer to family.
She was known to her family and friends as “Grama Jo” and rarely missed an athletic event involving her grandkids, Brody and Breah. She is survived by her daughters Sharon Kay Powers (Tucson, AZ) and Pamela Jo (Powers) Sanders and husband Jeff Herrington (Kansas City, MO); Grandson Brody Ray Sanson (Lindsay) Kearney, MO and Granddaughter Breah Sky Sanders (Temecula, CA); Two great grandchildren, Kenadee Kay Sanson and Leighton Jovi Sanson; a sister, Marlys (Jons) Weiland, Alta, IA; niece Leann (Jons) Blank (Rus), nephews Dr. Leon Jons (Belinda) and Lowell Jons (Sam) and their families. She was preceded in her death by her parents, her brother Bernerd Jons (Lois) and brother-in-law Carroll Weiland.
Her wish was to be cremated. Her family will have a “celebration of life” gathering for her 90th birthday which would have been October 3. Services in her hometown of Primghar, Iowa to be held at a later date.