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Janette Edna Powers, 85, died April 15, 2014 at St. Josephs Hospital, Bellingham, Wash., after a short illness.
She was born Janette Edna Bajema on Oct. 20, 1928, in Lynden, Wash., where she graduated from Lynden High School in 1946. She was employed as an office worker in the records-keeping departments of U.S. Army and U.S. Navy bases in Seattle and California during the early 1950s.
She was married on Nov. 14, 1957, in Bellingham, and continued to reside in Lynden through 1974. In 1975, she moved to Ketchikan, where she resided through 2014.
During the late 1980s, she was employed in office work at Tongass Federal Credit Union.
Mrs. Powers was a member of the Grace Baptist Tabernacle Lynden, and of the Gateway Baptist Church in Ketchikan during the late 1970s and 1980s. She was a church pianist at both churches.
“Mom was a skilled classical pianist, playing primarily ‘by ear’ and with dozens of songs memorized,” her family writes, “She was a skilled accordion player. Mom also was a skilled knitter, creating complex sweaters, socks and hats for family members.
“Mom was a homebody, but she also enjoyed spending time at the Senior Center, where she would often entertain visitors with her classical piano skills,” her family writes.
Mrs. Powers was preceded in death by her father, Barney Bajema; mother, Grace Bajema; and brothers, Richard, Bert and Ted Bajema.
She is survived by her husband, Warren ‘Bill‘ Powers of Ketchikan; daughter, Sandy Powers of Ketchikan; son, Karl (Julie) Powers of Ketchikan; grandchildren, Shieva Kleinschmidt of Los Angeles, and Andrew Powers-Toribio, Kurt Powers and Katie Powers of Ketchikan; and nieces and nephews in the Lower 48.
At Mrs. Powers’ request, no services are planned. Her remains will be cremated and her ashes spread at a later date.