In Memoriam : Mona Powell

Mona Powell Mona Lea Powell - age: 89
(May 16, 1927 to April 01, 2017 )
Resident of Benton, Illinois

Visitation Information:
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Leffler Funeral Home
401 East Main Street
Benton, Illinois 62812

11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Leffler Funeral Home
401 East Main Street
Benton, Illinois 62812

Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery
12740 Oddfellows Lane
Benton, IL 62812


Mrs. Mona Lea Powell, age 89, of Benton, passed away at 4:00 a.m. Saturday, April 1, 2017 at her residence at Heritage Woods of Benton.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, with Rev. Gary West officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Mrs. Powell was born on May 16, 1927 in Akin, IL, the daughter of Jerry Neal and Maud (Bolen) Neal.

She worked as an Inn Keeper with Holiday Inn, Inc., and worked in the East St. Louis, St. Louis and Marion locations.

She was an active member of the North Benton Missionary Baptist Church, where she was the former pianist, a member of the Joy Club, and enjoyed working in the church nursery.

Mona was also actively involved in politics. She served as Eastern Township Clerk, and also was an election judge.

She was a former member of the Eastern Star, loved to quilt, but most of all she loved spending time with her family.

Mrs. Powell is survived by her daughter Edith Jones and husband John of Benton; a son Michael R. Fields and partner Dr. John Empkey of Festus, MO; four grandchildren: Mona Booker and husband David of West Frankfort, IL, Michael Jones of Benton, Steven Summers and wife Michelle of Jacksonville, FL, Sherri Michael of Jacksonville, FL; seven great-grandchildren: Emily Booker, Morgan Booker, Hannah Summers, Abigail Summers, Justin Bollingmo, Kenny Michael, Samantha Michael; a sister-in-law Ina Mae Neal.

She loved her pets, especially her dog Winston, and her cat Holly.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three spouses: Eugene Summers, Roy Fields, and Virgil Powell; a son Jerry E. Summers, and a brother Bennie J. Neal.

Memorial contributions may be made to Second Chance Animal Rescue of Franklin County, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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Patty Howard - April 3, 2017Contact this person Contact this person
So very sorry for the loss of my dear friend Mona. She was my partner in the nursery at North Benton Baptist Church. She loved to rock the babies. She truly will be missed at church by all the church family and friends.

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