Martha Ann 'Martie' Broussard Powell was born in Campti, LA on June 3, 1928 to Millard and Ethel Broussard. She was raised in Alexandria, LA, alongside her two brothers, Richard and Millard Lee. Martie attended Bolton High School and later graduated from Northwestern State College in 1949. She and Stanley Powell married that same year. They spent their married life moving throughout the state serving where the public educational system needed them. They and their four children, Sharon, Gayle, Rosalyn, and Stan settled permanently in Shreveport in 1959. Martie retired from teaching after serving 20 years in the classroom.
Throughout her adult life, Martie was involved in many organizations. She was a longtime active member of Mangum United Methodist Church. She was a charter member and past president of Alpha Delta Kappa, Alpha Epsilon Chapter, an honorary teacher's sorority. She was also active in the Woman's Department Club, where she served on the board. Additionally, she was PEO past president, a member of Caddo Retired Teachers Association, and involved in many art and sewing clubs.
Martie enjoyed being a wife, mother of 4, grandmother of 11, and great-grandmother of 20. She loved the spouses of her children and grandchildren as her own. To her family, she was best known as Muney. Her legacy includes Powells, Bakers, Haneys, Wibbens, Bryans, Denneys, Erwins, Reeves, Tims, Beenes, and is steadily growing. Our Muney will be remembered for her loving dedication to her family and her knack for gathering people together. We will miss receiving her handwritten Muney Messages.
To know her was to be intrigued, entertained, but most certainly to love her. She taught us how to throw a party for 40 and how to avoid throwing a pity party for ourselves. She taught us to be bold and brave to acknowledge disappointment and then move on. She didn't see limits, only possibilities. Her grandfather, a Baptist minister, described her this way, 'It's a good thing Martha Ann pleases to do right because she does as she pleases.' She did, and it was to our benefit.
Our Muney was present. She believed in showing up for people, and she did. She valued education and honesty. She had faith in people but more importantly, she had faith in God. She walked with Him every day.
Two of her favorite verses are found in the same book in Psalms. 46:1 'God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.' 46:10 'Be still, and know that I am God.' In the margin of her Bible she wrote this, 'In the vastness of this universe, each of us is held tenderly in the hands of a loving God. Our troubles seem smaller when we consider the greatness of God.'
On June 5, 2022, Martha Ann passed away peacefully at home with her children by her side. And while we will miss her immeasurably, we know that she is home safely with our Lord. We know, through her legacy that while we will always be hers, we are ultimately His.
Martha Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Powell; parents, Millard and Ethel Broussard; brother, Richard Broussard; and son-in-law, Wayne Haney. Serving as pallbearers are sons-in-law, David Baker and Nick Wibben and grandsons, Ryan Baker, Ragan Baker, Eric Wibben, and Jordan Powell.
The family will receive friends from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 2500 Southside Drive, Shreveport, La. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 9 at Mangum Memorial United Methodist Church, 3939 Pines Road, Shreveport, LA. The family would like to express our thanks for the wonderful help given by Southern Care Hospice. If desired, friends may make memorial contributions to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes online at nwlafca.org/donate or by sending a check made payable to FCA to P.O. Box 5118, Bossier City, LA 71171.