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Mrs. Betty Greer Powell, 94, of Northampton, MA, passed away on May 21, 2024. She was born on August 25, 1929 in Pine Bluff, AK, to the late Rudolph Greer and Estelle “Honey” (Vining) Greer.

Betty grew up in Albany, GA and graduated from Albany High School in 1947 and from Georgia College for Women in Milledgeville in 1951. She pursued a career in teaching, first teaching home economics in Leesburg, GA, then in Orlando, FL, and later in Severna Park and Arnold, MD. She was a longtime member of Woods Memorial Church in Severna Park, MD, and more recently a member of Williamsburg Presbyterian Church in Williamsburg, VA.

She met her future husband, Bob Powell, on a blind date at Turner Air Force Base in Albany, Georgia. They married in 1954 and moved to Boston, Massachusetts for two years before moving on to Middle River, Maryland, where Bob began a career in business. They started a family while living in Orlando, Florida, and moved to Severna Park, Maryland/Arnold, Maryland in 1966, where they raised their children.

Betty was an accomplished cook and homemaker, serving delicious feasts at family gatherings and celebrations. She enjoyed outdoor activities with family and friends and loved sailing on the Chesapeake Bay. An avid seamstress, she sewed many of her own clothes and took up quilting later in life. She and Bob sponsored ensigns at the U.S. Naval Academy who spent their free weekends at the Powells’ home, enjoying Betty’s Southern cooking and family swimming and boating. She played the piano and loved singing hymns and popular tunes, especially with friends and family at music lessons at Linda Manor Assisted Living in Northampton.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Robert “Bob” W. Powell Jr., her parents Rudolph Greer and Estelle “Honey” (Vining) Greer, her brothers Ben Greer and Charles W. Greer and her sister Rachel Norras, her brother-in-law Colonel Lee R. Powell and her sisters-in-law Jean Greer, Margaret Ivy Greer and Eleanor Hodap Heim, her nephews David Greer, Gregory Powell, Clyde Hoover and her great-nephew Grant Powell. She is survived by her children Elizabeth “Betsy” G. Powell (Paula Pannoni) of Northampton, MA, Stephen R. Powell (Susie) of Williamsburg, VA, and Margaret “Meg” V. Powell of Cambridge, MA, and her granddaughter Erika Powell, her sisters-in-law Joy Powell and Jane Powell, her cousin Dolores Vining Knox and many Vining cousins; Nieces and nephews Susan Greer, John Greer, Amy Greer McGill, Gay Hill, Joy Shiver-Jones, Todd Norras, Beth Norras, Cathie Greer, Lance and Emily Powell, Donna Powell, MIchele Knox, Pam Knox Burckel and numerous great nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Linda Manor Assisted Living and especially the Life Enrichment Program staff for their loving care and kindness to our mother and our family. We would also like to thank Pioneer Valley Hospice for their caring and kind support during Mom’s final days.

A memorial service and reception will be held on Saturday, July 13th at 11am at Bucktrout Funeral Home, 4124 Ironbound Rd, Williamsburg, VA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Pioneer Valley Hospice, 329 Conway St, Greenfield, MA 01301.

To share online condolences, please visit Betty’s memorial page at

Published in the Albany Herald June 6-7, 2024.

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