Barbara Adella Powell, 78, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, Aug 1, 2017 surrounded by her loving family, after a short but courageous battle with cancer. She was born June 6, 1939 in Pittsburgh to the late Meryl & Elizabeth Bossler. She graduated from Evans City High School in 1957.

She is survived by her partner of 35 years, Floyd “Woody” Hough Jr.; son, Steve Powell and wife, Leslie of Hagerstown; daughter, Connie Young and husband, Joe of Williamsport; nephew, Timothy Bossler and his sons, Timothy and Bradley; two brothers, Ivan Bossler and wife, Janice of Evans City and Bernie Bossler of Hagerstown; two sisters, Elizabeth Barkley and Ruth Nicklas, both of Hagerstown; five granddaughters, Lauren and Oliva Powell, and Sarah, Emily, and Katie Young; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one brother, Charles Bossler.

Barbara was a special person who was loved by all who knew her. She was full of life and had a smile that could light up a room. Barbara instilled in her children and grandchildren love, kindness and compassion. Her caring, gentle way, sense of humor and love of life brought many people happiness.

Barbara was a talented artist with a passion for working with many types of art. Since the 1970s, her creative endeavors included working with ceramics, creating custom wooden house replicas, pottery, drawing and painting. Her love of teaching inspired her to become a certified Bob Ross Instructor. For the past 7 years she held weekly painting classes at the Hobby Lobby stores in Chambersburg, and Hagerstown, MD. Barbara also spent several years working at Montgomery Wards in the Valley Mall where she made numerous life-long friends, who she enjoyed spending time with.

Services will be held 11 AM, Monday, August 7, 2017 at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown, MD. The Rev. Dr. Larry Rickard will officiate. A private burial service will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home, Sunday, August 6 from 6 to 8 PM.

Memorial donations may be made to:

Doey’s House, c/o Hospice of Washington County
747 Northern Ave, Hagerstown, MD 21742

Humane Society of Washington County
13011 Maugansville Rd, Hagerstown, MD 21740

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