Anne Elizabeth Powers of Cincinnati, formerly of Johnson City, TN, was born June 30, 1965 in Cincinnati and passed away peacefully in her home at the age of 55 on February 21, 2020 surrounded by her loved ones.
Anne achieved both her bachelor and master degrees in English, which only represents a fraction of the depth of her relationship to language and literature. A penetrating intellect, Anne graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Earlham College in 1987, received her MA from University of Chicago in 1989 where she earned the Jonathan D. Steiner Award - Best Master's Essay. Anne was a member of Mensa since her high school days at Ursuline Academy. Her utilization of the English language served her in every aspect of her life, but especially helped her to realize her potential in the field of technical writing and as a business analyst. She worked within the IT field excelling and constantly growing her title for many years, most notably and recently at Fifth Third Bank, a job and community whose significance in her life cannot be overstated. Mentored and supported by her colleagues at Fifth Third Bank since the beginning of her employment there in 2009, Anne served as team or project lead for multi-million dollar strategic projects and was Co-chair of the Employee Engagement Committee for 300 employees and contractors.
Anne was a kind, consistent and vigilant member of every community she participated in throughout her 55 years of life. Her intellect, dynamic thinking and empathy benefited everyone she met. The grief and gratitude felt by her living relations (including her daughters Emily LeBarre and Eleanor Powers-Beck, son-in-law Evan LeBarre, brothers Bob and Dave, parents Jim and Kate and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends) is a reflection of the essential role she played in their lives. Anne was fiercely devoted to her family and she was a mother above all else - a title to her that was transformative. Her love remains an endless resource to the people in her life as it reverberates through her community and the world at large. This is her legacy.
In December of 2019 Anne was diagnosed with Glioblastoma IV. She responded to this devastating diagnosis with heroic equanimity and humor. She practiced gratitude on a daily basis to the very end. Her family is beyond grateful for the loving care she received from Monica Koehler and Rhonda and Malekaof the Kingdom Keepers. In lieu of flowers, Anne requested that donations in her memory be made to Southern Poverty Law Center at https://www.splcenter.org or the American Civil Liberties Union at https://www.aclu.org.
Services will be live-streamed. Please click here.
|Visitation||First Unitarian Church, 536 Linton St, Cincinnati, OH 45219||February 25, 2021||10:00am - 11:00am||Directions|
|Funeral Service||First Unitarian Church, 536 Linton St, Cincinnati, OH 45219||February 25, 2021||11:00am - 12:00pm||Live Stream Link||Directions|