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Mother Doretha Powell of Bloomfield, Connecticut passed away peacefully to be with the Lord in the early morning hours of January 11, 2018. In the last days of her life she was in the constant company of family and church members. Her laugh, smile and ability to light up the room will be deeply missed. She was born December 24, 1931 in Cerro Gordo, North Carolina, the second child of the late Raney and Martha Fore. She is predeceased by her brothers Jason and Cal Willie Fore and sister Estelle Fore. She has two living sisters, Beulah Bailey of Greensboro, North Carolina and Mother Shirley Watson of Bloomfield Connecticut. Mother Powell was blessed to have a strong mother who raised her with a firm hand. Her early life revolved around doing chores around the farm and attending school. After high school, she moved to New York City where she met and married the late Ernest Powell. She had a special gift with babies and was employed as a nurse’s aide at the neonatal intensive care unit at the Brooklyn Jewish Hospital in New York. Her healing hands could comfort these babies racked with cocaine withdrawal. She would walk around with them, rock them, soothe them and bring them a measure of peace. Mother Powell was witnessed to by her niece, Sister Katrina Turner, believed the gospel, and was baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ at The Greater Refuge Temple in New York City, 1991. She received the Holy Ghost in the upper room at Refuge Temple on October 12, 1992. That evening she left a message on Sister Turner’s answering machine, “I received the Holy Ghost…Powell.” Mother Powell became an active member at Refuge Temple. She was a vibrant woman, going to work early in the morning and dedicating herself to the work of the Lord in the evenings and at other times. She loved leading devotional services for the Newcomers Class, singing songs in the Sisterhood Praise Ensemble, and giving God praise. She served as treasurer of the Seasoned Seniors and was a member of the Nurses’ Unit. She was passionate in her ministering to the older saints, lighting up the rooms with her laughter and establishing connection after connection as she went from one person to another. The saints in New York grew to love her and she knew that she has a precious home in the Lord. The Lord gave Mother Powell another church family when she moved to Bloomfield, Connecticut in 2000. She became an active member of the Apostolic Fellowship Church, continuing to do outreach and sharing her laughter with all. She served the church in sending out birthday greetings to the saints and ensuring that the tithe envelopes were prepared. She organized the Friday night programs. She was an usher and was a member of the Women’s Department, First Lady’s Auxiliary, Wisdom Saints Auxiliary and choir, and for the last year or so she led the church in the opening hymn for the Wednesday Bible Study. She was appointed by Pastor Geddis to be a Church mother. Since that day she officially has been Mother Powell, but lovingly remained Aunt Doretha by her church family. Many saints can testify to the way that Mother Powell touched their lives. We are truly blessed to have had her with us.