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Irene Powell

Irene Powell self

Della Irene Powell, age 77, of Latexo, passed away Monday, May 6, 2019 at Christus Mother Francis Hospital in Tyler. She was born October 27, 1941 in Kirbyville to parents, Ernest Lloyd Matthews Sr. and Clara Josephine Christian Matthews. Irene was a longtime member of Latexo United Methodist Church, an avid quilter, and retired from, but remained active with Latexo High School.

Irene was survived by her daughters, Cheryl Richter and husband, Donny of Baycliff, Kathy Curless and husband, Chuck of Latexo; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Bob Matthews and wife, Kathy of Riverside; sisters, Martha Shook of Conroe, Dorothy Baxter of Hico; numerous other loving relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, John N. Powell; son, Robby Powell; parents, Ernest and Josephine Matthews; brother, Ernest Matthews, Jr.

Funeral services for Della Irene Powell will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 11, 2019 in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Rev. Richard Gillet and Rev. Jon Thornsberry officiating. Interment to follow in the Latexo Cemetery. Family will receive friends Friday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Online condolences may be made at


  1. May I extend my condolences on the passing of your mother, Irene. I have many memories of our friendship, even remembering the first time that I met her and how we “clicked” and became friends. I always enjoyed our time at Latexo School. She was a great lady.

  2. I am sorry for the families loss. I would be there but other prior commits. She will be missed

  3. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this time of loss. Mrs. Powell was the library aide at Latexo High School when I first came to work there. Later she was the NovaNet aide, and housed in the classroom next to mine. I considered her to be a friend. She was tough but fair, and would do anything for you. She has continued to support Latexo High School, the community, and the students through the years. Heaven gained a precious lady.

  4. Kathy and family. I’m sorry for your loss. Prayers for You all.

  5. I’m so sorry to hear of Irene’s passing. She was one of the 1st people I met when I started at Laredo ISD. We spent many hours at sporting events, walking, helping me quilt & visiting. I considered her a very good friend. Glad I visited w/her a few months ago.

  6. Irene was a friend and neighbor for many years. She was also a faithful employee and supporter of Latexo school.
    She will be missed!

    To the family, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
    The coming days and weeks may be challenging for you.
    Lean on the Lord and He will carry you.
    Love never fails. ♥️✝️

  7. I have so many fond memories of Mrs.Powell. She was one such a great friend and mentor to me when I started at Latexo HS. The students as well as the staff loved her dearly. Mrs. Powell will be missed dearly.

  8. What a wonderful lady! She enriched my time at Latexo (when the one building was K-12). Praying for the family as they experience such a great loss, but tempered by the sure knowledge of her home in heaven.

  9. Mrs. Powell had a large positive impact on the Latexo community and education. She will be missed but never forgotten. Prayers for the family.

  10. A tough lady that would give her shirt off her back if you needed it. Always loyal to her friends and family. Would tell you the straight truth even if you did not want to know. She became a great friend. She will be greatly missed. Praying for the family

  11. I had Irene Powell on my mind just this week! I remember some wonderful times, stories and adventures she and I shared for OH my goodness…ever since you, Kathie, were in High School. We laughed and cried, hugged and argued with great passion. I always knew, if Irene Powell was around I was going to be alright!! And know? I was!

    Going to miss her but I sure plan to see her again!!

  12. I loved this lady. She was tough on the outside but soft and sweet on the inside. She was always good to me and my kids. Im gonna miss her . I considered her a good friend.

  13. I’m so very sorry to hear of Mrs. Powell’s passing. I grew up going to Latexo, and as far back as I remember, probably when I started school, she was there. She was always one of my favorite people EVER at that school. I always enjoyed seeing her at the basketball games supporting her grandkids and every other student there. I will sure miss seeing her and will never forget you Mrs. Powell!!! Thank you for being a great influence on me, whether you ever knew it or not, and giving me someone to look up to growing up. I’ll miss you!

  14. Ms Powell you’ll be missed

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