November 2, 2021
Debra “Debbi” Elizabeth Brush Powell, age 63, of Marysville, died peacefully at her home November 2, 2021 after a hard- fought battle with pancreatic cancer and other ailments.
A devoted Bengals fan, Debbi described herself as “a proud American Woman.” Known by her family and friends as a jokester, she was a 1976 graduate of Hamilton Township High School, where she was designated “Class Clown.” She spent time working in the restaurant industry at Engine House No. 5, met her husband “under the glow rays” while they both worked at Red Lobster and later served as an educational aide for Hamilton Township Local Schools. Mrs. Powell loved all “her kids” and brought their stories home to share with her family daily. In her retirement, she could be found doing crossword puzzles, inviting friends and family to hang in the pool, playing dice and writing poetry. She loved all her pets who served as worthy companions and kept her company. Debbi was born July 14, 1958 in Columbus, Ohio to the late Robert Earl and Patricia Dale Brush. She was also preceded in death by her two older brothers, Jack and Ronald Brush. She is survived by her loving husband of 33 years, John C. Powell, whom she married October 15, 1988 in the Columbus Park of Roses; three children, Bena (Rourke Adams) Bradford, Katie (Joey) Rizco and Zachary Powell; her “older older” sister, Pamela Brush Tomich; her lifelong best friend, Susan Knorr; her grandchildren Derek (Danielle) Bradford, Gavin (MaCee Eggers)Bradford, McKenlee Bradford, Cadence Rizco, Julie Johnson, Jay Jennings and Jake Jennings; her new great-granddaughter, Arabella; her in-laws, Dan and Jan Powell and Jean and J.R. Davis; and many nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 6, 2021 at Underwood Funeral Home, 703 East Fifth Street, Marysville where the family will receive friends beginning at 8:30 a.m. Rev. Jacob Heino will officiate and burial will be at Oakdale Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Zach Powell, Travis Brush, Derek Bradford, Bodhi Tomich, Gavin Bradford and Joey Rizco. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Ohio Wildlife Center or ProMedica Hospice. Debbi’s family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to OSU James Cancer Hospital and ProMedica Hospice services for guiding them through the fight and facilitating Debbi’s last days to be comfortable at home, surrounded by family. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.