Powell, Marsha



Age 69, passed away peacefully in her home on October 24, 2021 after fighting a courageous battle against metastatic breast cancer. Marsha was loved and will be remembered as beautiful, passionate, devout, loving, talented, intelligent and humorous by her family and her many friends, students and colleagues. Marsha was an Atlanta native, growing up in Buckhead and attending Dykes High School before matriculating at Auburn University, where she earned a BS in Music Education with a minor in Shakespeare. Marsha was a member of Phi Mu social sorority. Marsha later earned a Master in Education from Mercer University and then a second Master in Education Administration from The University of West Georgia. Marsha lived (and thrived) in Sandy Springs with Tommy, her husband of over 48 years.

Marsha retired from The Mount Vernon School in Sandy Springs in the summer of 2014, after 37 years as a revered teacher, administrator, colleague, and friend. To plagiarize a piece of the school's tribute to Marsha "…this force of a leader was an integral part of Mount Vernon's foundation and ultimately, the success the School experiences today. While her goal was to help each individual land on the ideal (college) campus, her personal mission was to discover, guide, counsel, and love each graduate."

Marsha's service to the Lord also manifested in her dedication and devotion to the administration and congregation of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. She was the Co-chair of the Flower Guild, served on the Altar Guild, was a member of the Handbell Choir, served on the Administration Board, ushered on Team Four with Tommy, and occasionally sang in the volunteer choir. She was also a very active member of The Morning Light Bible Study at PRUMC.

Marsha was a member of The Sandy Springs Society, a charitable organization of women dedicated to improving the quality of life in Sandy Springs through non-profit organizational promotion of the arts, heritage, education, environment and social services in the Sandy Springs community.

Marsha was also an avid reader and a member of the MargaReaders Book Club, and often required her group to read long, non-fictional, historical books, such as the Biography of Coco Chanel. She then hosted the review session, where she requested all wear black dresses and pearls. Marsha was always the quintessential educator and fun-filled hostess.

Marsha and Tommy have been lifelong members of The Cherokee Town & Country Club and are active contributors and participators in various educational and athletic programs at their beloved alma-mater, Auburn University.

Marsha has been united in heaven with her precious mama, Jean, who amazingly died the same date fourteen years ago. Marsha is survived by her husband Tommy, her father Paul, her eleven brothers and sisters through marriage, and her many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who will miss her


A Memorial Service will be held at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church (3180 Peachtree Rd.) in Buckhead on Tuesday, November 2nd at noon, followed by a reception at The Estate (3109 Piedmont Rd.). The PRUMC service will be live streamed and can be remotely viewed: https://vimeo.com/639124524

In addition to her love of flowers, contributions could be made to The Sandy Springs Society (https://sandyspringssociety.org/donate).

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