Miss Sabrina Michelle Powers, 52 years of age, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 7, 2022 after a short sickness at The Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. She was born in East Point, Georgia on May 10, 1969. She graduated from Cook High School in 1987 and from there attended Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida where she graduated with degrees in Social Sciences and Religion. For several years she worked with Daniel Memorial where she worked with children experiencing emotional problems. She was a case manager for a while. Her passion and love for children was obvious in her dedication. From there she took a job with State Farm Insurance in Winter Haven, Florida. She was excited when they moved from there back to Jacksonville. She loved living in her condo in Jacksonville for the last 15 years.
Around 2012 she felt God’s calling to care for the elderly although she worked with a young lady by the name of Nikki Fischer and of course fell in love with her and her family. They have remained close friends all these years. Michelle’s capacity to love was her greatest gift — and she loved so well. All of her clients loved her and of course, she loved them. From this she has a large network of extended family and friends that have remained an important part of her life.
She leaves behind her mother, Janice Powers of Adel, Georgia; uncle and aunt, Ira Powers, Jr. and Joyce Dezaiffe of Saint Johns, Florida; aunt, Marsha Powers of Hilliard, Florida; and her cousins: Monica Newman of Jacksonville, Amy Mitchell of Castleberry, Florida, Ira Powers III of Orange Park, Florida, Leslie Skinner of Hilliard, Florida, April and Ian Crabill of North Carolina, Mary Elizabeth Westbrook of Adel, Laura Hall of Adel and numerous other cousins and a large network of friends. She was preceded in death by her father, James Henry Gardner; her uncle, Roger Paul “Tiny” Powers and her grandparents Ira and Ella Mae Powers.
Visitation for Miss Powers was held on Friday evening, March 11, 2022 from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at Boone Funeral Home in Adel. Her Going Home Service took place at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 12, 2022 at Adel First Assembly with Rev. Nick Kinsey officiating and eulogies provided by Samantha Allen, Donna Hall, Rena Nelson, Debbie Lesher and Anthony Ferrizzi. Special music for the service included “Near to the Heart of God,” “Give Me Jesus” and “Precious Lord, Take My Hand;” Kamryn Powers sang “What A Day That Will Be.” Interment followed at Woodlawn Cemetery Annex. Pallbearers were Steve Allen, Duke Daughtrey, Chad Powers, Andy Tillman, Scotty Williams and T.J. Williams.
Michelle’s desire, as she seemed to be improving, was to come home to her church that she grew up in and give her testimony of what God had done in her life. She was never shy about anything and wanted all to know what an awesome God she loved and served. She would pull over to help homeless people and she always told them what a difference serving Christ would make in their life. Then, of course, she would give them food, money, clothes and anything else she could to help them. Michelle would stay in touch with them as long as they were where she could find them. She was fearless.
A special heartfelt thank you to those who spoke at her service and shared so many memories: Samantha, Rena, Donna, Debbie and Anthony; and to Jack West who was in charge of her music. Pastor Nick delivered the most beautiful of which will always be cherished. The flowers, the shared stories and the outpouring of love will never be forgotten. As her mother I would like to say how sorry I am that I didn’t contact so many people that I should have but in the loss of my baby girl, I am so broken-hearted. Know that Michelle loved each of you. To her special clients, each one was her passion and greatest joy. She frequently said “I just wish I could do more.” Michelle will be missed by so many.
Thank you to the staff of Boone Funeral Home, they took such good care of my baby girl. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.boonefunerals.com. Boone Funeral Home is serving the Powers family