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Dorothy F. Powers
(03-28-1925 - 06-15-2012)

Dorothy F. Powers, née Wilhelm, 87, of Elgin, died June 15, 2012 after a brief illness.

Married for 55 years to Dr. Richard Powers, the two met at Ottawa High School in 1939 where they both were in the band, he on the trombone, she as the drum major, "Strut" Wilhelm. They both attended Northwestern University and married in 1946. She was the only child of Taylor and Frances Wilhelm.

In their 63 years together, Dot and Dick had six children, weathered a separation during the Korean War, and built their home and medical practice in Elgin IL beginning in 1957. They shared a love of the Chicago Cubs, Northwestern football, snow skiing, travel, music and the arts.

Being a wife and mother was her life's work. She spent an extraordinary amount of time chauffeuring children to activities and attending events. She commuted 6000 miles to Wrigley Field when her retired husband became a Cubs usher. Her love of the open road and the path less taken led her to become a school bus driver after her own children were grown. Random acts of kindness and a generosity of spirit were the backbone of her daily life.

She is survived by children Craig (Nancy), Carole (Akemann), David, Gerald, and Martin; grandchildren Christopher, Jason (Jennifer) Akemann, Jessica (Peter) Isaac, Jordan , Taylor, Maggie , Lauren, and Max; great-grandchildren John and Andrew Isaac; in laws John and Marilyn Simpson; and nieces and nephews Jeffrey, Janet, Diane, Douglas, and Laura.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Richard and son Michael.

Visitation will be 10:00 A.M. - noon Sat., June 23 with a service at noon at Wait Ross Allanson Funeral & Cremation Services Chapel, 51 Center St., Elgin. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor may be made to The Michael J. Powers Memorial Fund, 3140 Gansett Parkway, Elgin, IL 60124. www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com or 847-742-2100

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