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Melanie Powers

Feb 20, 1954 - Feb 9, 2018
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Another beautiful and graceful spirit rose up through the sky,
Lightly and gently lilting upward like a beautiful butterfly.
Just as strong, elegant, and bright as she was in her life,
Melanie, rose up in blissful joy leaving behind her strife.
Reaching for loving embraces she could feel awaiting her. 
Reuniting with a promise of a happier future.
 
On February 9, 2018 we lost the toughest angel on this earth that we have ever known. Melanie Lynn Powers made her way to heaven to reunite with family awaiting her. 
 
Melanie was born February 20, 1954 in Yakima, WA to Kenneth William and Marlene Virginia (Lewis) Powers. She was the middle child between older brother Kenneth Craig and younger sister Mishelle Rene. A 1972 graduate of West Valley High School, Melanie attended Yakima Valley Community College and went on to earn her BA degree in Communications and Journalism at Washington State University.
 
Melanie worked closely with her Grandfather, Tommy Lewis, setting up a fish cannery for the Yakima Indian Nation industrial park project in the seventies. She went on to work at the YIN Tribal School as an Administrative Assistant and was involved in the process of bringing Heritage College to Toppenish, WA where she earned a Masters in Counseling. She was also involved in overseeing and implementing the opening of the YIN Cultural Center. In later years she was employed in accounting and office management.
 
Melanie was a beautiful and graceful woman who loved and cared for those in her life. She made herself available to both family and friends for whatever they might need of her. Melanie enjoyed being an Auntie to Mishelle's children helping make birthdays special, swimming in the summer and making sure to take them on those wicked fair rides that Mishelle couldn't stomach. Melanie lovingly acted as her parent's primary caretaker in their time of need to make their last days as comfortable and independent as possible.
 
Family traditions were important and Melanie made many a delicious meal and decadent dessert for family celebrations. She always prepared enough to accommodate extra friends, neighbors, or late additions. Pies were her sweet specialty and the family adored the banana cream pies that she lovingly labored over as well as the best caramel ever made. The favorite three-layered chocolate cake with fudge icing and whipped cream was only rivaled by the rich and delectable chocolate mousse. She imparted the secrets of her success with niece Maria who will continue her Auntie's scrumptious traditions.
 
In the early seventies, Melanie took a Belly Dance class with her mother. What seemed like a lark at the time, became an unforeseen driving force in Melanie's life. Captivated with it, they took their exercise class into a dance and performing arts hobby. They taught hundreds of women belly dance lessons in the Yakima Valley for over 35 years. Most of which were accredited PE courses for Yakima Valley Community College. The rest of the family eventually joined them in the fun and an annual Dance Conference held in Yakima became a family production. Sewing and costume design for "The Powers of Belly Dancing," troupe offered Melanie another creative outlet. Hours upon hours of fun and enjoyment were shared during the thirty some years of dance activities with her family and friends.
 
Being strong and independent served Melanie well as she fought through a bout of cancer in 2012. She diligently worked to overcome this obstacle even under the stress of many major losses in the past few years. Melanie weathered on actively making future plans when illness struck again. She strove to rebuild her strength intending to overcome this set back as well. However, she was hospitalized at Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital and was transferred to Cottage in the Meadow where with family by her side she passed to join those awaiting her to welcome her to her new future. We all miss her love and giving heart and are left realizing how much she gave of herself every day.
 
Melanie was preceded in death by her father and mother, Kenneth William and Marlene Virginia (Lewis) Powers and her brother Kenneth Craig Powers. She is survived by her sister Mishelle Rene (David) Barr, an aunt Gigi (Mark) Krementz, an uncle Ronny Lewis, niece Maria Mishelle Barr, nephews David William (Becky) Barr, Michael Braiden (Jen) Barr, and great-niece Georgiana Annette Barr, niece Nicole Powers (Earnie) Reddic, great-nephew Justin Dang, and great-niece Kiayla Reddic.
 
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at 7902 Englewood Avenue, Yakima, WA. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Memorial Foundation. Contact Brookside Funeral Home with any concerns.
 
To share a memory or condolence with the family, please visit www.brooksidefhc.com.
 

 

 

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