Erdene Powell, 1921-2018

Erdene Powell, 1921-2018

INDEPENDENCE, MO: Erdene June (Shaw) Powell, 96, Independence, MO (formerly of Eagleville, MO) passed away Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at an Independence, Missouri nursing home.

She was born June 10, 1921 the daughter of Harley Robert and Velma Leath (Gutridge) Shaw on a farm southeast of Eagleville, Harrison County, Missouri.

Erdene started to school at the Pine Country School, a few miles south of Eagleville and graduated from the Eagleville High School in 1938.

In the mid-1930’s, Erdene joined the Otterbein United Brethren Church north of Eagleville and was baptized in a pond west of the church at the Civilian Conservation Corps Complex.

In 1941, Erdene attended Chillicothe Business College to take their Stenographic Course and was there when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.

After finishing school at Chillicothe in May, 1942, she married James L. Miller and lived in Houston, Texas about six months. In December, 1942, she returned to Missouri and started working for the Aluminum Company of America. While living in Kansas City, she attended Bales Baptist Church and Central Bible Church, then joined Noland Road Baptist Church October 30, 1994. As a faithful member of the Noland Road Baptist Church, she participated in Sunday School, worship service, and the Young at Heart group activities.

Family dinner gatherings were special times for her to share stories and good food. She made our favorite candies for Christmas, much to our delight.

During her working years, Erdene worked as a stenographer, bookkeeper, and office manager and retired in 1988 after working 17 years for the City of Kansas City, Missouri as Secretary to the Director of the Water and Pollution Control Department.

Erdene’s hobbies included playing the piano, crocheting, playing cards, and compiling family history and tracing genealogy.

She loved the color red, getting her hair fixed, her nails painted, wearing beads, the Royals, the Chiefs, and seeing her friends and family. Jearld did her hair every week for over 40 years, even coming to get her from the nursing home weekly.

Erdene loved life itself, had a good memory, an infectious laugh, and was truly a joy to be around. She was always happy and will be missed by her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; 2 brothers, Robert Harley Shaw and Gordon Hugh Shaw and his wife, Madelyn; sister, Roberta Iris (Shaw) Kimbrough and husband, Brown; her husbands, James L. Miller and Leslie R. Powell; stepson, William G. Powell; and adopted grandson, Christopher.

Erdene is survived by her nieces and nephews, Karen (Glen) Harrold, Norman (Marcy) Kimbrough, Duane (Mary) Shaw, Charles (Connie) Spurgeon, and Sherry Knorr and families. She was a very special aunt to our children and grandchildren who loved her dearly.

Although Erdene had no children, two people adopted her as their mother. One son, Jearld (Sally) Hutson, and daughter, Judy Weber and her adopted children, Michelle, Michael, Christopher, Matthew, and Jon who all called her “Grandma Erdene.”

Graveside Services and burial will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, January 20, in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Blythedale, MO under the direction of Roberson Funeral Home, Eagleville, MO. Friends may call after 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Roberson Funeral Home, Eagleville, MO. There is no scheduled family visitation. Memorials may be made to Noland Road Baptist Church and/or Cedar Hill Cemetery in care of Roberson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 46, Eagleville, MO 64442. Online condolences may be left at

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