Major Sarah Evelyn Powell (Evelyn) was born in Charleroi, Pennsylvania on July 31, 1923, the second of five children to Thomas and Edna Powell. She was predeceased by her brothers Tom, Frank, and Dick, and by her sister Elizabeth. She is survived by her sister Ruth of Nelson, BC.
Evelyn’s family moved to Nelson in 1928, where she grew up. The family was active in the local Salvation Army Corps and, following in her older brother Tom’s footsteps, Evelyn responded to her own call to officership and was accepted into training college in the “Warriors” session in 1946.
Commissioned in 1947, Evelyn was appointed to Melville, SK. She subsequently served in Watrous, Regina, Kamsack, and Tisdale, Saskatchewan and briefly in Divisional and Territorial Headquarters before being transferred overseas to Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) in 1959. There she served at Chikankata Hospital, Howard Institute, and Usher Institute, before returning to Canada in 1976. She was appointed administrator of Maywood Girls Home the same year, and served in that capacity until her retirement in 1983.
After retirement, Evelyn continued to be active in Southmount Corps, leading and/or hosting Bible studies until well into her eighties.
Beloved by all who knew her, Evelyn was a faithful witness to her Lord through word and example all the days of her life and she will be greatly missed by all.