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Nancy A. Powell


May 9, 2019

Nancy A. Powell, 97 of Spearfish, South Dakota, passed away on April 30, 2019 at Regional Health Senior Care in Sturgis.

She was born to John and Maude Garhart on March 23, 1922 in Denver, Colorado. Growing up in Spearfish, she graduated from Spearfish High and Black Hills State with a BA in Education.

Nancy married Harry Orem of Belle Fourche. Two children were born to the couple: Eunice "Mimi" Stillger of New Mexico and John Marshall Orem of Texas.

She later married Keith Powell of Broadus, Montana. They had a cattle ranch on the Tongue River in Montana.

Nancy is survived by her two children, three stepchildren, three grandchildren, three great grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Nancy was an accomplished teacher. In her 30-plus years of teaching, she taught in a country school in Wyoming, public schools in Belle Fourche, an Apache Indian reservation in Arizona and a one-room country school house on the Tongue River in Montana. She was an ace bridge player, a dog lover and a socialite who loved a party and laughter.

A graveside service was at Valley View Cemetery in Broadus, Montana on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.

Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapels and Isburg Crematory of Spearfish. Online condolences may be written at


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