Wendy and Pauline Powers

Pauline (Burton) Powers, 84, of Billings, passed away on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. She was born on Oct. 27, 1935, to Clyde Burton and Lorene McLean Burton.

Pauline lived her life for her family. She was a gentle soul with a smile that would light up the world. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.

She is survived by her daughter, Teri Derrig (Marty), step-grandson, Jason Derrig (Abby), great-grandson Tyler, great-granddaughter Andie, step-granddaughter Jennifer Herriford (Pat), great-grandsons Cade and Zach; daughter Vicki Hauck (Scott), grandson Andrew, grandson Tobin (Halley), great-grandson Cooper, granddaughter Mikelle; daughter Lori Pehler (Mark), grandson Jordan Pehler (Gwynn), grandson Jacob, great-granddaughters Lili and Mehla, granddaughter Jenni Stnad (Rudy), great-grandson Oliver; daughter Jodi Pulver (Robert), grandson Zach Pulver (Ashley), great-granddaughter Nora, great-grandson Owen, granddaughter MacKenzie Pulver, great-grandsons Mahki and Brantley. She is preceded in death by her husband Wendy, and sisters Ruth Amdor and Shirley Kuykendall.

Pauline’s family would like to thank the staff at St. John’s who loved her and the angels who work on the second floor of Billings Clinic, who truly saw Mom’s beautiful spirit.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave. Graveside services will be held at Sunset Memorial Gardens, 1721 Central Ave., with a reception to follow at St. John’s Kathy Lillis Center.

Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.


Condensed version of Pauline’s words written January 2016:

“I lived in Roundup until I was in the third grade, when we moved to Musselshell. I participated in many school activities through the years, including volleyball, cheer team, student council president, and was honored to be selected to attend Girls State. After graduating, I stayed in Musselshell, helping my mother in the grocery store she owned. I moved to Billings and worked for Hooper-Holmes Bureau and Shell Oil. It was during that time I met and married my wonderful husband and best friend, Wendell Powers. We were truly blessed with four daughters. When my girls became older, I went to work at Hart Albin, so I could quit sewing. I think they were glad to get some ready-made clothes. I worked at Hart Albin for 15 years, and I also volunteered at St. Vincent Hospital for a few years after Wendy died. Wendy died on Feb. 23, 1992. I miss him as much now as I did then. I couldn’t have asked for a better husband. I love my family dearly — my daughters and their families and my many nieces and nephews and their families.”

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