Proud grandmother of four, great-grandma of four more and great-great-grandma of one, Betty Powell is a source of inspiration to the younger members of her family.
“My grandmother has been one of the most inspirational people in my life. She has taught me to keep a positive outlook on life, stay physically active, be kind and patient with others, and that there’s always a good reason to eat chocolate!” – Heather, Betty’s granddaughter
Read more about this amazing mother and grandmother who remains active and involved in her community at 103 years-young as written by her daughter, Nancy Okeefe:
Betty was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As a 13 year-old-child, she spent the summer in Europe and still has fond memories of that trip. She attended Stephens College in Missouri and Michigan State University where she studied Physical Education. In 1938, Betty married Robert “Bob” Kingwill. They had 2 children, Nancy and Fred. Betty volunteered at her church and at two local hospitals. Many hours were spent at high school sporting events watching son, Fred, a “star” athlete, compete. Family and friends also enjoyed attending Michigan State football games. Even today, Betty is an avid fan of Michigan State football and basketball.
After Bob passed away at an early age, Betty married Chuck Powell. The couple enjoyed many trips together, visiting family in Colorado, Wyoming, and California. Travel has been a big part of Betty’s life. Daughter, Nancy, worked for a cruise line and was able to take Betty to Alaska several times. Betty played tennis until she was 90 years old and only stopped when she no longer has doubles partners. Now she enjoys watching the Tennis Channel.
In 2007, Betty moved to Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill to be closer to Nancy and grand-daughters Heather and Amy who live in the East Bay. Her son, Fred, retired from the U.S. Forest Service in Jackson, Wyoming, spends his free time painting with watercolors. Betty looks forward to visits from family, especially great-grandson, Conor, son of granddaughter, Kelly and her husband, Jim, both doctors livings in Colorado. Grandson, Rob, chose snowboarding as his profession and also lives in Jackson Wyoming. Now at Carlton Senior Living Poet’s Corner, Betty rarely misses an exercise class. This centenarian enjoys her many friends, singing and taking part in the many community celebrations.
Written by Nancy O’Keefe, Daughter of Betty Powell