Linda Sue Powers
June 16, 1949  -  November 24, 2018

Linda Sue Powers

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Linda Sue Waltermire Powers, Ed.D., passed away on November 24, 2018 in Perry, OK. An inspiring educator and role model, Linda will be remembered for her kindness and poise, deep love of family, and commitment to her community.
Linda was born on June 16, 1949, to Elmer and Salllie Kirk Waltermire at their family farm southwest of Perry, a fourth-generation homestead that is now part of the grounds of the Cherokee Strip Museum. Linda was raised with two older brothers whom she loved dearly: Fred Waltermire and Dr. Jim Waltermire. She graduated from Perry High School in 1967. On June 3, 1970, Linda married her high school sweetheart and lifelong love, Ben “Jack” Powers. They resided in Ponca City for 28 years before returning to Perry in 2005, where they built their home on family land. Together, Linda and Jack raised two children, Leah Ann and Brett Jacob.
In 1970, Linda completed a bachelor’s degree in Language Arts Education, followed by a master’s degree in English in 1993 and a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction in 1999, all from Oklahoma State University. She taught at schools in Billings, Perry, Blackwell, and Fort Gibson, OK, and spent 23 years as an English teacher, among several other roles, at Ponca City High School. In 1995, Linda joined Ponca City’s Board of Education. She was the first female principal at Ponca City and Perry High Schools before retiring in 2009. Linda was a consultant for Literacy First Reading Instruction for over 16 years. The past several years, she taught classes at Northern Oklahoma College and oversaw student teachers for OSU. In 2017, Linda was elected to serve on the Perry School Board. She also held several volunteer roles, including Perry Alumni Association and Perry Study Club. Linda was a member of Leadership Ponca City’s Class of 2002, Oklahoma Principal’s Academy’s Class of 2004, and the Perry and Ponca City Rotary Clubs. She was named an Outstanding Young Woman of America in 1984 and Outstanding Secondary Teacher by the Oklahoma Foundation of Excellence in 1988. In 1989, she received the University of Kansas Recognition of Outstanding High School Teachers Award. Linda completed numerous publications, grants, and research projects during her career and was inducted into the Perry High School Alumni Association Honor Roll in 2017.
Linda had a remarkable ability to build relationships, connect people, and influence thousands of students and hundreds of teachers. She loved to travel and toured over half of the United States, Mexico, Bermuda, the Bahamas, and Great Britain. A consummate host, Linda made any occasion with family special and memorable and never missed Wednesday family game nights.
Linda is survived by her husband, Jack; son, Brett; and son-in-law, Jordon Lampe, all of Perry, OK. Surviving family members also include her brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Jim and Kathleen Waltermire of Perry; her sister-in-law Marilyn Waltermire of Perry; in-laws and lifetime friends, Melody Terry, Kimberly and Vic Tovar, and Page Powers; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other family members whom she dearly loved. She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Sallie Waltermire, brother Fred Waltermire and her daughter, Leah Powers.
A celebration of life will be held December 15 at 10:30 a.m. at the Bill Rotter Performing Arts Center, Perry Schools Auditorium, located 9th & Elm, under the direction of Brown Dugger Funeral Home. Rev. Marilyn Weathers will officiate.
In lieu of flowers or plants, the family requests donations to the Dr. Linda Powers scholarship fund c/o Perry Alumni Association, Attn: Peggy Haxton: P.O. Box 327, Perry OK 73077

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  1. Paul Shimanek
    Wichita, KS

    My deepest and most sincere condolences to Jack and all the family. My high school years were a little brighter because of Linda and her amazing personality and infectious smile. She didn’t know a stranger, never had a bad word to say about anyone, a true compassionate woman. I regret not seeing her more over the last 50 years, but when I did have the honor to see her, she always had that larger than life persona, and greeted me with the same name she coined for me in high school, “Hey, Shimaniac”, followed by a laugh. She will leave a void in everyone’s lives touched by her. God bless you, Linda.

  2. Amy Robertson
    , CA

    Dr. Powers was an amazing educator, mentor and friend. I had the great honor of being in her English Literature as well as her Advanced Comp classes at Po-Hi. Her love of learning was palpable and her joie de vivre was infectious. Her loss will have a profound effect on a multitude of people who loved and respected her. Rest in peace dear one. Prayers for your family.

  3. Derick Hutchins
    Dallas, TX

    My heartfelt condolences to your family. I had the privilege of having Ms. Powers for senior composition class at Po Hi in 1991. I may not have recognized it as such at the time - she was an extremely tough and demanding teacher - but the skills she taught me have served a lifetime. Those skills are not limited to those associates with grammar, though many of those are used on a daily basis, but more importantly how to love what you do, make it apparent in how you conduct your business, invest heavily in those under your care and do it all with an infectious smile. She was a great teacher yes, but moreso a great role model.

  4. Joyce Myers
    Ponca, OK

    Dear Jack and BJ. We will miss that beautiful smile that Linda always had. So glad she lived in Ponca City for a while so I got to know her. I pray the Lord will give you peace and comfort.

  5. Carolyn Miller McLemore
    Enid, OK

    Linda was the first person I met when we moved to Perry in 1959. She seemed very shy but she came right up to me and said, "Hi, my name is Linda. Who are you? I'm shy." Then she sweetly took my hand and told me since I was new she would take me to class. She flashed that magical smile and I was a forever fan. When I first heard about her going to God I was so sad for you, your family and all who had been in her orbit. After I cried, I realized this Linda was the same shy, kind Linda I'd met over 50 years ago who would be with us always. She touched people in a very uncommon way and I'm so happy I knew her. Know that thousands of people are different because God brought her into their lives. You will be in our prayers in every imaginable way asking God's loving and comforting presence be with you and all your family. We'll pray thankfully for the blessing of having known her.

  6. Carolyn Miller McLemore
    Enid, OK

    Linda was the first person I met when we moved to Perry in 1959. She seemed very shy but she came right up to me and said, "Hi, my name is Linda. Who are you? I'm shy." Then she sweetly took my hand and told me since I was new she would take me to class. She flashed that magical smile and I was a forever fan. When I first heard about her going to God I was so sad for you, your family and all who had been in her orbit. After I cried, I realized this Linda was the same shy, kind Linda I'd met over 50 years ago who would be with us always. She touched people in a very uncommon way and I'm so happy I knew her. Know that thousands of people are different because God brought her into their lives. You will be in our prayers in every imaginable way asking God's loving and comforting presence be with you and all your family. We'll pray thankfully for the blessing of having known her.

  7. Julie Kallman (Friess)
    Victoria, TX

    Mrs. Powers was my favorite English teacher EVER. I can still recall how she made Shakespeare come alive. My deepest condolences to your family on your loss. She touched so many lives.

  8. Brenda Kirchenbauer
    Ponca City, OK

    Linda was my English teacher. She taught me to love English literature. I am so thankful for that. Heaven has gained a special angel.

  9. Dave Mason
    Perry, OK

    Jack, Brett and family
    So sorry for your loss. Prayers,and May Peace Be with you.

  10. Mary Ann Martin Matzke
    Corvallis, OR

    Jack and family - I was so sorry to hear about Linda's passing. A bright star has gone out here, but it is shining in heaven. And I'm sure her spirit lives on in her family and students. Mary Ann and the whole Martin family

  11. Kathy Henry
    Tulsa, OK

    Jack, so sad to hear of your loss. Linda was such an amazing, vibrant woman who touched the lives of so many. I am so glad I was able to reconnect with her while serving on the PHS Alumni Board. As she did throughout life, she made our Board better with her spirit, smarts and lifetime of caring for students.

  12. Patty Bible
    Perry, OK

    Linda will be long remembered by the many lives she touched over the years. She made the world a better place and I'm grateful to have known her as a classmate and friend. We send our deepest sympathy to Jack, Brett and family!

  13. Mary Bellmon Pugh
    Kingston, OK

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Powers. What a truly amazing woman she was. She will be missed by all who knew her. Prayers for the family.

  14. Ted and Paula McKee
    Ponca City, OK

    Jack and BJ I'm sorry for your loss she was a great lady, prayers for you and your family.

  15. Kristin Smith
    Ponca City, OK

    I had the absolute privilege of working with Linda in so many phases of my life. I was a student in her Senior Composition class my senior year of high school, and I learned so much from her. I then came back to Ponca City after graduating from OSU and had the pleasure of teaching with her as my department head. Again, I credit her with giving me so much knowledge. Linda is a big part of the reason I am the teacher I am today. She became my principal when she took the helm at Ponca City High School, and I enjoyed working for her more than anyone will ever know. She was the consummate professional at all times: grace, poise, and dignity all wrapped up into one wonderful woman. She will be dearly missed. BJ and Jack, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  16. Sacramenta Landrum
    Bklyn, NY

    To the Powers family and friends please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your loved one Linda. Very soon Jesus Christ will resurrect the loved ones we have lost in death back to life Acts 24:15; John 5:28, 29, right here on a brand new Paradise Earth no more sickness pain or death Life without end Revelation 21:1-5.

  17. Betty Pronneke
    Pipe Creek, TX

    Sending condolences to the family. Linda was a great principal at Ponca City High School. I loved her!

  18. Greg Vorndran
    Perry, OK

    Jack sorry for your loss she was a wonderful lady you two went through a lot together everyone will miss her. God bless u both your good friend Greg Vorndran

  19. JD Botts
    Lake Asbury, FL

    Linda was a very special teacher and will be sorely missed. Condolences to Jack and his family.

  20. Elizabeth Witty
    Muskogee, OK

    Linda was the best. She will be missed SO much. Prayers and gratitude to BJ and Jack for their love and care.

  21. Rhonda McCormick
    Ponca City, OK

    Very special lady! Thank you for being a friend to my mother while at PoHi!

  22. Allen and Laurie coleman
    Perry, OK

    Jack and family I sorry for your lose Linda was the greats teacher I had ever had

  23. John - Debbie Lee & Fami-Lee
    Ponca City, OK

    Our hearts ache for you Jack and Brett ! Heavens Gain is our Lost . We flood heaven with our prayers for Linda and your family.

  24. Susan Meloy
    Manteca, CA

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I got to know her when my daughter Pamela Hill was in Jacks class Linda was a wonderful person and will be missed.

  25. Mark & Carolyn Nelson
    St. Johns, FL

    Jack and Family: We are so sorry and saddened to hear this news. May God wrap His arms around you and comfort you. Cherish your memories.....

  26. Kristi Manley
    Perry, OK

    Such a beautiful, classy lady!!! She always had a beautiful smile for everyone one!!! I just love her! She always stayed humble, no matter how educated she was! Seems like yesterday when I was having piano lessons at Billings Elementary where I saw her visiting with Pat Carter while Leah tried to hide from me behind Linda’s leg...They both are missed! So sorry for your loss.

  27. Cathy Denise Mornhinweg Shimanek
    Wichita Ks, OK

    A genuinely sweet woman who will be missed by everyone she met. Prayers for her family and friends 🙏🏻

  28. Kristi Manley
    Perry, OK

    Such a beautiful, classy lady!!! She always had a beautiful smile for everyone one!!! I just love her! She always stayed humble, no matter how educated she was! Seems like yesterday when I was having piano lessons at Billings Elementary where I saw her visiting with Pat Carter while Leah tried to hide from me behind Linda’s leg...They both are missed! So sorry for your loss.

  29. Lisa Lebeda Brainard
    Enid, OK

    Mrs. Powers was my senior adv. composition teacher at Ponca City in 1984. She was a beautiful lady with love and respect for all of her students. Love to all of her family.

  30. Jana Harrell
    Ponca City, OK

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss Jack if we can do anything please let us know I know this is a very hard time for you and your family our thoughts and prayers go out to you.

  31. Leslie Stewart
    PONCA CITY, OK

    Mrs. Powers was an amazing woman and an awesome teacher. She always had high expectations of her students and we always tried to meet her expectations. She was an inspiration and a blessing, and will be greatly missed.

  32. Debbie Mangel
    Perry, OK

    What a special lady; always kind and beautiful inside and out. She will truly be missed.

  33. Darleanna (McAlister) Warnecke
    Ponca City, OK

    I am saddened beyond words. Mrs. Powers was an amazing teacher. She had a passion for English that demanded and inspired the best from those of us fortunate to have her as a teacher. She has many past students with heavy hearts today. PoHi Class 1994

  34. Jeanne Roughface
    Ponca City, OK

    Oh Jack, I am so very sorry for your loss. I truly enjoyed seeing you and Linda come to the casino and will miss her beauty dearly! Prayers to you and your family.

  35. Herb and Sherry Brand
    perry, OK

    We were so sorry to hear of Linda's passing...She was one memorable and very sweet and kind person! She will truly be missed by all who knew her..Our Prayers and sympathy goes out to all of her family. Herb and Sherry Brand

  36. Kathy Croy
    Liberal, KS

    So sorry to read of Linda's passing. She was an Amazing cosultant for us here at Liberal High School. I so enjoyed visiting about our OSU COWBOYS and being an Okie.
    She will be missed. God bless your family.

  37. Janie Leslie DeWitt
    Braman, OK

    Mrs. Powers was the only teacher in Blackwell High that encouraged and supported my horse interest. She was an awesomely fair teacher that had no bias. She gave me the highest score in my senior class term paper. Her support and acknowledgement of my abilities meant the world to me. Rest In Peace beautiful lady - I will never forget you.

  38. Connie Mendenhall
    Perry, OK

    Linda was such a fine lady. So talented, so smart, so caring, so beautiful in soo many ways and now soo missed. This world was a better place with her in it. Prayers for the family.

  39. John W Wallace
    Bridgecreek, OK

    Deeply saddened to hear of your loss. You're in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you

  40. David and Glenda Smith
    Chandler, OK

    Mr. Power, We are praying for your sweet family. She was a wonderful teacher. So sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy is with you and yours.

  41. Gay Kinkaid
    Ponca City, OK

    To Linda's wonderful Powers Men--My heart is saddened by your hard struggles and Linda's passing. Please know I feel the deepest sympathy for you. I pray God will comfort you.

  42. Mike and Lana Ellis
    Edmond, OK

    Brett. 0ur deepest condolences. We are truly so sorry. Mike and Lana Ellis

  43. Jay Stamper
    Phoenix, AZ

    The best teacher and role model I ever had. Mrs. Powers cared about her students both in and out of the classroom. Prayers to the Powers family.

  44. Diane Bull
    Ponca City, OK

    So sorry for your lost! Prayers for you and your family.

  45. Wanda Kay Canady
    Stillwater, OK

    Brett, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.

  46. Wanda Kay Canady
    Stillwater, OK

    Brett, I am so very sorry for you and your family’s loss. My prayers are with you and family.

  47. Karla Cunningham
    Bartlesville, OK

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. Linda was a wonderful instructor as well as a mentor. She will be missed.

  48. John Summar
    Conifer, CO

    Linda was my English teacher for my senior year of high school in 1977 in Ft. Gibson. I never had a better one.

  49. Curtis and Vicki Shimanek
    Perry, OK

    Our community lost a great women, but Heaven received an Angel. Prayers for the family.

  50. Pam Lessert
    Ponca City, OK

    Thinking of you and BJ with heartfelt sympathy! What a beautiful soul heaven has received!

  51. Katie Hansen
    Kalamazoo, MI

    I met Linda my first year teaching in Liberal, Kansas. I am now in my eighth year teaching and can say because of her shared wealth of knowledge, support and kindness, I am a better teacher. I am lucky to have known and worked with her. Sending my deepest condolences.

  52. Mona Hobbs Lashley
    Fort Gibson, OK

    So sorry for your loss. Mrs. Powers was one of my favorite teachers. She has inspired many
    FTG class of ‘77

  53. Pamela Porter
    Stillwater, OK

    Linda was my favorite principal in my 18 years of teaching. She was an amazing educator but I think I admire her kindness most of all.

  54. Chandra Stewart Freeman
    Ponca City, OK

    Mrs. Powers was definitely one of the greats. Canterbury Tales and Beowolf are forever etched in my memory because of her. I remember she lived on Talmer, a road named after my great-grandfather and I remember when she won that truck playing bingo. I was working there as she ran past waving her card in the air. A beautiful person and a beautiful soul. She will be missed.

  55. Larrie and Cindy Rce
    Perry, OK

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  56. Kimberly Payne
    Ponca city, OK

    Linda was an amazing woman full of love and very much cared for all!! Jack I'm so sorry for your lose!!! Prayers for the family for comfort and healing!! We will miss you Linda you was so helpful to us students in ponca city! Love Kim (Kelley) Payne!💗😇

  57. Kaye Bartlett
    Dearing, GA

    My dearest friend. I have no words to express my heartbreak for you and your family. Just know you have my love and prayers and will be held close in my heart

  58. Danny W Williams
    Mustang, OK

    I absolutely adored this lady. You touched so many and I am definitely one of them.

  59. Jeanne Owens
    Muskogee, OK

    I am so sorry for your loss. Linda worked with Muskogee Public Schools quite a bit, and she was such a help to our district. What a kind, professional, warm person she was. I know she will be greatly missed. Much peace. Much love.

  60. Barbara Mistelske
    SAND SPRINGS, OK

    Linda was a wonderful role model for me as we worked with Literacy First. She will be dearly missed.

  61. Sandy Blankinship
    Orlando, OK

    Jack, you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Sandy Blankinship

  62. Mark & Kelli Graves
    Ponca City, OK

    So sorry to hear of your loss Jack you and your family are in our prayers, GOD Bless!!!

  63. sherry payne
    STILLWATER, OK

    Brett, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your beautiful mother. I remember when we worked together hearing about her often and how much you adored her. My heart is heavy for you and your dad. I will be praying for you and your family.

  64. Dorothy Fleharty
    Ponca City, OK

    So sorry for your loss

  65. Patricia Comstock
    Bentonville, VA

    So special. So loved. So missed.

  66. Roberta M. Lewis
    Fort Scott, KS

    Linda was a great educator. I appreciate her help and support. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  67. Ron An Dena Leach
    Ft Gibson, OK

    Jack we are so sorry for your loss. Linda was a gorgeous person inside an out. Prayers for you an your family.

  68. Jeri and John Lamerton
    Perry, OK

    Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with your family. Linda was a beautiful person and she will be dearly missed.

  69. Sue Bossert
    Sun City, AZ

    Jack and Brett, so sorry for your loss. I remember Linda very well while all of you kids were in school and FFA. Hope the lord will bless you with your loss.

  70. Kasi Kinzie
    Ponca City, OK

    I will always remember you guys as neighbors and friends. Linda was a special woman who taught me so much. She was a great teacher and I'm so glad to have been her student. My thoughts are with you and the family.

  71. Peggy Haxton
    Perry, OK

    I am thinking of you and praying for you. May you have peace and comfort as you remember Linda. We will certainly miss her.

  72. Sharon Skouby
    Sunset, TX

    What a beautiful angel heaven has received. She will have everyone dressed appropriately and all ladies will be wearing heels for their shoes. No slouches around Linda.God bless her family. So very sorry for your loss

  73. Mary Jane Kendall
    Stillwater, OK

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and BJ. Linda was a very special person and will be missed by many of us. Please know we are here for you. Gary and Mary Jane Kendall

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