Edna Mae Powers, 82, Iowa City
Obituaries · May 04, 2017

Edna Mae Powers, 82, of Iowa City passed away Friday, April 28, 2017, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.

No services are planned. The Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Branch is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family at

She was born Nov. 1, 1934, in Columbus Junction, Iowa, the daughter of Howard and Fern (Diller) VanAuken. On July 6, 1963, she was united in marriage to Paul Powers in West Branch. In her early years, Mae worked at the button factory in Columbus Junction, Owens Brush in Iowa City, Cookie Jar and Coffeetown Restaurant and Atalissa Diner, where she had worked as a prep cook, cook and waitress. She had also operated TOPS in West Liberty for several years.

She enjoyed camping, cooking, watching TV especially the Food Channel and playing cards.

Survivors include her husband, Paul of Iowa City; three children: Paul Junior (Nicole) Powers of Lakewood, Wash., Nancy (Mitch) Kneppers of West Branch and Dan Powers of West Branch; grandchildren: Christopher Powers, Nicole Harris, Michael Powers, Jennifer Powers, Tabitha Powers, Ronald Smith, Jessica Smith and Dalton Lunsford; great-grandchildren: Christa Powers, Maddalee Powers, Camden Powers, Zane Lopez, Josiah Lopez, Gabriel Lopez and McKenna Powers; brother Mark (Ann) VanAuken of Fruitland and a sister in law, Pat VanAuken of Independence; and a special nephew, Mark VanAuken of Manchester.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Jim VanAuken, Burt VanAuken, Bill VanAuken and Chuck VanAuken.

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