November 17, 2023

Patricia “Pati” Killion-Powell

Patricia “Pati” Killion-Powell, a cherished soul who touched the lives of many, peacefully passed away on November 10, 2023, at the age of 68. Born on April 7, 1955, in Yoder, Wyoming, she was the beloved daughter of Paul and Eleanor (Moninger) Killion.

Pati spent her formative years in the embrace of Big Springs, Nebraska, where her spirit blossomed. She embarked on a fulfilling career as a Respiratory Therapist, dedicating herself to the well-being of others. Her compassionate nature and healing touch left an indelible mark on the lives she touched.

An adventurous spirit, Pati achieved a brown belt in karate, a testament to her determination and strength. It was on a blind date that she met the love of her life, Jerry Powell, with whom she shared a lifetime of joy, challenges, and unwavering companionship.

Pati’s creative soul found expression in various forms. She was a gifted ceramic artist and watercolor, earning recognition in local newspapers for her artistic talents. Her fingers danced across the strings of a harp, creating melodies that resonated with the hearts of those fortunate enough to hear her play. Her talents were not limited to the arts: in high school, Patty held swimming and other athletic records, and received a full scholarship to attend the University of Nebraska.

Pati’s family was the anchor of her life. She is survived by her loving husband, Jerry Powell, their daughter Leah (Ramin) Powell-Hosseinabad, and a legacy of grandchildren : Adelah, Tenzin, Viviette, Rose, and Caspian. Her siblings, Paul (late wife Connie) Killion III, Phil (Jeanie) Killion, and Polly Olsen mourn the loss of a sister who brought joy and warmth into their lives. She is preceded in death by her sister, Pam Reiur-Killion.

Pati’s life long love of growing orchids, indoor and outdoor plants was fully enjoyed and further explored by her becoming a master gardener through UNL’s program when she reached retirement. In her volunteer work with the master gardeners, she became passionate about native plants of Nebraska. To honor her memory, if you are so inclined, please consider sending plants, bulbs, seeds, grasses or anything else you can think of for her family to plant in her memory on their acreage in lieu of cut flowers. Unless, of course, a cut flower arrangement feels ‘right’ for you. Memorials may be directed to the family for further designation.

A memorial service to celebrate Pati’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 21, 2023, at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.


  1. Patti was a very kind person. I remember the family gatherings and she was always there helping others. Patti was fun to be around. She could make you smile even when you were down. Her artistic talents were second to none. I still have a picture she drew for me over 40 years ago and I cherish it dearly. We have lost a beautiful sole, but Heaven has gained another angel. My condolences to Jerry, Leah and her family. Rest In Peace Patti you will be missed.

  2. I am so sorry for your loss Jerry and Leah. You were dear friends to my parents Lee and Ruth when you lived on Willard in Lincoln. My mom and I both watched Leah as a little girl. I believe my mom kept in touch with you over the years.
    My mom passed 11/19/2008. Maybe they are enjoying coffee together or gardening.
    Pati will not be alone.
    Maybe that crazy whip-it dog you had is driving both of them crazy.
    Again so sorry she was a wonderful lady.


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