Cecile Powers

May 14, 2020
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Memorial Services will be held 10:30 AM, October 8, 2021, at Waterloo First United Methodist Church, 614 Randolph Street.


6:00 to 8:00 PM, October 7, 2021 at Locke Funeral Home, 1519 West 4th St., Waterloo.


Mount Olivet Cemetery, Waterloo, Iowa


Waterloo First United Methodist Church or the Friendship Village Auxiliary. 


Cecile Habben Powers was born to Edward and Grace (Campbell) Habben on February 14, 1926 in Iowa Falls, Iowa.  She died of natural causes on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at Friendship Village in Waterloo Iowa.  A graduate of Reinbeck High School Class of 1943 and Iowa State College Class of 1947 with a degree in Applied Art/Home Economics, she taught home economics in Hudson and Monroe, Iowa, directed the Black Hawk County Dairy Council and consulted at The Lighting Center in Waterloo.  Cecile taught Applied Arts classes at the YWCA and remained active in craft activities at both Friendship Village and the Altar Guild and Workshop for Others at Waterloo First United Methodist.  She received the State of Iowa 4H Alumni Award in 1970 and the Iowa State University Service Award in 1992.

Cecile and J. Robert Powers were married June 11, 1955 at St. Joseph’s Rectory in Waterloo.  Cecile organized her family annual summer reunions, Camp Cousins, for over 30 years and made an annual picture memory/scrapbook for each grandchild.  She also enjoyed quilting, making crib quilts for each of her 10 grandchildren and crafting each child a full-sized quilt masterpiece.

Survivors include, three sons, Michael of Hiram, Ohio; Bradley (Kerry) of Tampa, Florida; Steven (Joni) of Glendale, Arizona; a brother, Duane (Betty) Habben of Dike, Iowa; a sister-in-law Lorraine Habben of Webster City Iowa; ten grandchildren - Austen (Sarah), Ben (Libby), Katharine (Sofia), Jordan, Grace (Felix), Aubrey, Collin, Sam, Megan, and Cam; and a great grandson – Bradley Burton Ayub.  She was preceded in death by her husband Bob (March 20, 2014), her parents and a brother, Lynn Habben.

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  1. Karla Habben | May 26, 2020

    So sorry for the loss of your Mom. I always looked forward to seeing her at the Habben reunion's. And a once or twice visit when I stopped to visit my mother in law who lived just below your mom. Seemed like she'd be off enjoying her time with one of you boy's when I would stop.

    My heart is heavy from her loss but joyful in knowing she and your dad have been reunited. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

    Karla Habben 

  2. Debbie (Fish) Roberts | May 25, 2020
    Mike, Brad and Steve and families, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a wonderful person. I have fond memories of growing up with the Wisner Dr. gang. 
  3. Ken & Perri Earnest | May 18, 2020
    Ms Cecile was truly one of the most beautiful ladies in our church. It was always uplifting to share a greeting with her on Sunday Morning. Her soft voice and her beautiful smile was a blessing in its self. We will truly miss a sweet angel that is now on God's staff. We have a feeling that she will always be beside our side. For sure she shall remain in our hearts. From Ken & Perri Earnest
  4. Roger and Candy Bergmann | May 17, 2020
    We are so sorry to hear about your mom's passing. She was such a wonderful neighbor and friend to us, while we lived next door, on Wisner Dr.  We always looked so forward to her homemade Christmas card, and personal letter to us every year. She will certainly be missed by everyone who knew her!  We will send a memorial to Friendship Auxiliary, as we knew how much she enjoyed it.  Sincerely, Roger and Candy Bergmann

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