Irma Viola (Allen) Powley, 93, of Dent, MN, formerly of Pine City, MN, passed away Wednesday, August 3, 2011, at the Perham Memorial Hospital with her family at her side.
Funeral services for Irma Powley will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 6th at the Vergas United Methodist Church in Vergas, MN. Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at the Hustletown Cemetery in Pine City, MN at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Irma was born on January 25, 1918 in Woodstock, Minnesota, the fourth of nine children born to Ray Merrick Willard Allen and Edna Mae (Barton) Allen. She was raised on the family farm until 1925, when her parents moved the family to Brookings, SD.
Irma met and married the love of her life, Lyle Chester Powley, in a secret double wedding ceremony with friends, in Brookings, SD on November 21, 1936. Irma and Lyle moved to Burbank, CA in 1942, and lived there until 1945, when they returned with the family to Brook Park, MN where they started farming. In the fall of 1954, they moved to a farm in the township of Hustletown, where she resided until Lyle passed away in 1985, then moving to a house in Pine City, MN and eventually to Crystal, MN where she lived with her daughter and son-in-law until 1991, when they moved to Dent, MN.
Irma and Lyle quit farming in 1965, to go to work for Fingerhut in Mora, MN, where she worked for many years. She was a member of the Vergas UMC and the Red Hat Society. Irma enjoyed crocheting, until her eyesight and arthritic hands failed her, with many friends and family members coveting the dolls and blankets she made; she also enjoyed reading, traveling, playing cards with her bridge club and above all her family. Irma was a resident of the Perham Memorial Home at the time of her death.
She is survived in death by sons, Dennis (Colleen) Powley of Cedar, MN; Rickie (Peggy) Powley of Coon Rapids, MN; a daughter, Sondra Flett of Dent, MN; 8 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; two brothers, Franklin (Shirley) Allen of Marshall, MN; and Marvin (Sylvia) Allen of Mankato, MN.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Lyle, infant son Ray Edward, four brothers, two sisters and her great granddaughter Bridgette.