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Norma Jane Powell

In loving memory of Norma Jane (Barnett) Powell, to most she was Jane, but to those close, she was affectionately known as Janie or little Janie Powell, who brightened our lives from June 9, 1951, to November 4, 2023. A radiant soul has left our world, leaving behind a legacy of love and cherished memories. She was preceded in death by parents Helen and Clarence Barnett, and brother Robert (Bob) Barnett.

Jane was more than a wife, mother, and friend; she was a beautiful light that illuminated the lives of those fortunate enough to know her. Her infectious smile and unwavering love for family defined her essence. Jane is survived by her devoted, loving husband of over 40 years, Larry, and her adoring children, Katie (Shawn) and Austin (Emily) and grandchildren, Jace (7), Parker (4), River (3), Charlotte (2 months) and another grandson on the way, as well as her brother Jim (Paula) Barnett and sister-in-law Lysbeth Barnett, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Born in Newell, West Virginia and raised in Grandview, Ohio, Jane’s journey was filled with vibrant moments and meaningful connections. In 1969, she graduated from Grandview High School where she was a cheerleader and played field hockey, then continued to play for Bowling Green State University.

She was a true Buckeye at heart, passionately cheering for her beloved team. Jane had a special affinity for dogs, gardening and wildlife, with hummingbirds holding a unique place in her heart. Her joy was contagious, especially when indulging in her favorite fro-yo or embracing her playful, goofy side. She had deep friendships with all of her “Grandview Girlfriends” who have supported and loved each other for almost 60 years.

Jane’s professional journey led her to various roles, and she retired from Battelle in 2012 after contributing to important environmental projects. Her dedication and passion made a lasting impact on both her colleagues and the world around her.

A woman of wit, compassion, and generosity, Jane’s spirit will live on in the memories we shared with her. As we mourn her passing, let us also celebrate the vibrant life she led and the love she bestowed upon us all.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made in Jane’s memory to the American Lung Association or the Shelter Pet Safety Net, which benefits the Bastrop County Animal Shelter where she volunteered. A memorial service will be held in the Spring of 2024 in Columbus, Ohio. 

May she rest in eternal peace with no more pain or suffering, surrounded by the hummingbirds she so adored.

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