Edith Lorraine Wilson Powell, 63, made her last run to the Dollar Store in June 2016. She enjoyed her daily walks to the store and she died quickly after returning from one such shopping trip. She lived a full and exciting life that most people only dream about. She'd travelled all across the United States and Europe, worked in home health care, drove 18-wheelers on long haul trucking runs, wore an orange jumpsuit after evading police for months, ran a successful cigarette reseller enterprise in her neighborhood, received letters from the U.S. President and his wife in response to her complaints about the treatment of veterans, was gifted an autographed book from best-selling author Dean Koontz, and so much more. Her favorite things were the Dollar Store, veterans, George W. Bush, the Pope, cigarettes, flea markets, cream horns and standing up for her friends. Edith was a beautiful wildflower. She could survive the toughest of seasons and bloom beautiful every spring. Her beauty was sudden and unexpected. She was unpredictable and followed her own path, as wild flowers often do. They are the most stunning when they blossom where the wind blows them. Not everyone can appreciate the beauty of wild flowers. Some see them as weeds or nuisances, but they are more special than hothouse roses because they give love back to the world without needing a lot in return. If she touched your life, take a moment to say goodbye to her by planting some wild flowers and remember that she wanted you to have bright, colorful spots of joy in your life. She is preceded by her father Ezra Wilson; mother, Verna Compton; husband, Phillip Powell; and brothers, Jackie Compton, Lonnie Wilson and John Zumstein. She is survived by her daughter, son-in-law, and grandchild, Marita, David and Moxie Fowler; her sister, brother-in-law, and nephew, Helena and Paul Haper, and Caleb Wilson; her sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Pete Cromwell; her sister and niece, Carlene Zumstein and Kathryn Conner; her sister, Sue Rigopolous; and her nephew, Chris Wilson. She is pictured above playing with her only grandbaby, Moxie. It was the first and only time she got to love on her before she passed away. We love you and we miss you - our beautiful wild flower.
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