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Anne Francis Powers

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Anne Powers

“Ma Powers” was born Anne Francis Powers on October 31, 1936 in Troy, New York. Anne attended Catholic Central High School, in Troy, New York, where she graduated in 1954. Not long after graduating high school, Anne met Mr. Calvin C. Powers and the two were married in 1956. Soon after that the newlyweds began creating their family, welcoming their first two children in the form of two daughters in 1957 and 1958. Two fine sons would join the family in 1960 and 1962. Soon after, “Ma Powers” and her ever-growing brood would claim their stake on a small property in the Town of Moreau, in the South Glens Falls Central School District.

In the next decade Anne and Calvin Powers added six more children to their home, and to the community. During the 1960’s, and the 1970’s, the older children in the Powers family will recall “Ma Powers” as a very busy Mom in a 10 child family full of Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Little Leaguer’s, Pop Warner Footballers, Cheerleaders, and Basketballers. There was always a patch to be sewn on, a project to be completed, volunteer events to be filled, a hot dish banquet to attend, or some kind of cookies to be made and/or sold. She had 10 children. (I just wanted to type that out)

Then in 1981-82 the marriage split up and eventually ended in divorce. The younger children in the Powers family will recall “Ma Powers” as a very busy Mom, who would listen to screams of “Maaaa” at home, only to take a job in the South Glens Falls Central School District where generations of people would end up lovingly calling her
“Ma Powers”. “Ma” not only did the job of study hall aide, she relished her job at latch key, as a teacher’s aide (especially assisting readers), attendance and copy room clerk, and kitchen staff. The younger Powers children recall the “Ma Powers” who would come home day in and day out from her day job with the school district and have just enough time to put together a pot of spaghetti or goulash on the stove top, leave the kids a note, and then head off to her night job at the Joy Department Store. (When Joy closed down she walked across the street and joined up with Rite Aid). After 35 years of service to the South Glens Falls Central School District, and generations of friends, “Ma Powers” retired in 2003.

Most relevant to this event is how the former South High students and faculty recall “Ma Powers”, it is an honor and “Ma” would like to thank you all for expressing your feelings in this way.