Ollie Mae Powers

May 14, 1916 - August 2, 2020 Kennett Square, PA | Age 104 Loving Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and Friend.

Ollie Mae Powers passed away peacefully on August 2, 2020 at Linden Hall, Kennett Square, PA at the amazing age of 104.

Mae was born May 14, 1916, to Cora (Thompson) and William Badger and grew up in Ashe County, NC. She moved to Pennsylvania at the age of 18, where she joined the Walton family as nanny and housekeeper. An accomplished seamstress, Mae was known for her skill with needle and thread, from slip covers to wedding gowns, there was nothing she could not create. Due to this, she was always in high demand as a seamstress, and built a successful, self-run business, creating custom items until her early 90s. Her passion however, was crafting custom wedding gowns. During the course of her career, she created over 300 beautiful gowns.

Mae was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Joseph Powers, in 1992. She is survived by her daughter, Carol Hillmann (Fred) of Silver Spring, MD, her granddaughter, Suzanne (Todd) of Landenberg, PA, and her grandsons, John (Heather) of Asburn, VA, and Edward (Natalie) of Brisbane, Australia, and 8 great grandchildren: Delaney, Dawson, Isabela, Charlize, Camden, Spencer, Emerson, and Arabella.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to your favorite charity.

To view her online tribute, and to share a memory with her family, please visit www.kuzoandfoulkfh.com

Arrangements by the Kuzo Funeral Home, Kennett Square, PA.

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  1. To Mae’s family,
    I am your cousin but never knew your Mom or that you guys lived in the area. My grandmother was Winnie May Badger-Black. She was the daughter of George Badger and Cora Ellen Taylor. Cora was the daughter of William Taylor and Margaret Ann Sage. I am so very sorry for your loss and would have loved to have visited with your Mom and gotten to know her. I also was raised on sausage biscuit gravy. If you would like to talk please reach out. I grew up in Unionville and now I live in Cochranville .
    Your Cousin,
    Gail Black

    Gail Black | October 2, 2020 at 9:34 PM
  2. To Carol and all of Mae’s family, sincere sympathy from the Coopers at Landenberg. We first met Mae in the early ’70s when I learned that
    she was a home decorator. She took me shopping somewhere in N. PA for drapery fabric, made draperies for our new house and ever since
    still made bedspreads and pillows and more draperies for me even when she was 90 years young! I loved the trips to Philadelphia to shop for fabrics and have lunch with her. Mae knew just what I was looking for and where to find it. She was an amazing woman, always sweet and a caring person. I visited her at Kennett and will miss stopping by to say Hello. Unfortunately, the virus kept me away this year.
    I will never forget this wonderful friend and the stories and things she taught me.
    Sympathy, love and hugs,
    Alice and Larry Cooper

    Alice Logan Cooper | August 16, 2020 at 10:02 PM
  3. To Carol and all of Mae’s family: My sincere condolences on Mae’s passing. She and Joe were dear friends and Landenberg neighbors, “down the hill” for many years. Carol gave me voice lessons and was a “baby sitter” for my sister and me back in the day. I designed my wedding dress and Mae made it for me for for my July 23, 1970 wedding….50 years ago! She was a delightful person and I will always have fond memories of her. Al and Diane Amberg Silverman

    Diane Silverman | August 14, 2020 at 6:48 PM
  4. Mae was a wonderful person and I am so grateful that I got a chance to get to know her! She was recommended to me by a friend and soon she filled my house with her handiwork making beautiful drapes, pillows, bedspreads and slip covers. I got to know her, admired her and considered her a good friend. She was a beautiful soul and I loved the way she kept things simple. I would stop in and we would have a sandwich and tea and have the best chats. Rest In Peace dear Mae

    Lisa jones | August 14, 2020 at 4:44 PM
  5. My sincere condolences to Mae’s family. I can remember her from when I was a very young girl when she and my mother used to be very good friends and she did sewing for us. She always had a smile on her face and was a very sweet lady. I haven’t seen her in years. She will surely be missed by all who knew her. May she rest in peace.
    Margaret Pennington

    Margaret Pennington | August 13, 2020 at 12:43 PM
  6. First, I would like to say we are so sorry for your loss. We met Mae 34 years ago when we moved across the street. We remember Mae as a strong woman of faith with a very positive attitude who was always quick to smile and give you a hug, she always impressed me with her activity level and what she was able to accomplish all the way into her late 90’s . She would invite all the neighbors over for dinner cook a delicious large meal for six to eight people when she was in her 80’s. She would do this just to have company and get to know her neighbors better. I always enjoyed the stories she would tell of when she was younger growing up and what life was like when Newark Rd was a dirt Rd in 1950’s. We had the pleasure of attending May’s 100th birthday party she walked in Unassisted, she always inspired me to keep active keep moving even when you have some aches and pains. She loved and enjoyed her family and the many rich relationships she had with people, look forward to seeing her once I get to Heaven.
    Tom & Sue

    Thomas MacAuley | August 12, 2020 at 5:15 PM
  7. Hello, My sincere sympathy to Mae’s family. Mae was my 3rd cousin. She was 1st cousin to my grandfather Burton Badger who was my mother’s father. She was such a kind person. I will always remember our last family gathering in which she was able to attend @ age 100 held in Bainbridge, PA. & the reunions that were held at her house in Landenburg, PA throughout the years.
    God Bless & Rest In Peace. Pat Hall

    Pat Hall | August 10, 2020 at 11:41 AM
  8. My dear Aunt Mom as I often called her. I grew up basically at Uncle Joe’s and Aunt Mae’s. She taught me how to sew. Designed and made my Wedding dress. Always showed my sister and I consideration and love. Will miss her deeply.

    Diane Bell | August 7, 2020 at 1:48 PM
  9. I’d never had biscuits and gravy. Suzanne took me along for a weekend visit at Grandma’s house. She made us biscuits and gravy the first morning, and then every morning. I think of that often, how she happily made them every morning, just because we asked.

    Love and hugs to all,
    Pam Dressel

    Pam Dressel | August 7, 2020 at 12:19 AM
  10. Dear Carol and Family, I was one of my Dear Mae`s wedding gowns and wedding party and my house is full of her drapes and curtains. I don`t even know how to buy a drape! Your Mom and Dad were my go to people for making drapes and hanging rods to make my house look beautiful. And she kept me looking put together all the time also. My first set finally gave up the ghost and they wouldn`t clean them anymore.
    She only used the best and that`s why they lasted and she was the best. We had fun on our little trips and I especially loved our little talks and lunches. May she rest in peace in the arms of God. My love and sincerest sympathy to all, Patsy

    Patsy Vanderkraats | August 6, 2020 at 7:55 PM
  11. Mae was an amazing woman, a wonderful neighbor and friend. My mother (Hazel Hollars) adored her. I always admired her for her strength, kindness and dignity.

    Marlyn Hollars | August 6, 2020 at 7:33 PM

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