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2024 Memorials

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  • Jere Ann "Jake" Powers, age 62, of Council Bluffs, passed away on March 26, 2024, at Jennie Edmundson Hospital, after a long courageous battle with cancer. Jake was born on September 4, 1961, in Council Bluffs, to the late Jerry and Betty Raygor. She was a lifelong resident of Council Bluffs. Jake graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1979. She married Timothy Powers on September 14, 1984 and they had two daughters. They always had a few pets running around, and Jake had a special place in her heart for all of them. She worked at Risen Son Clinic for 17 years, before taking medical leave. Jake loved her job, working at the front desk where everyone knew her. She was very active in the volunteer community. She held positions with Green Hills AEA, Kiwanis Club, Council Bluffs Historical Society, Jennie Edmundson Foundation, Volunteer Director of Red Cross, Jennie Edmundson, Arthritis Foundation, and the Union Pacific Museum. She was there when they opened the doors for the Union Pacific Museum. Jake was a force to be reckoned with, up until medically required, she was out doing what she loved to do: helping those around her and spending time with her family, friends, and pets. In addition to her parents, Jake was preceded in death by brother, Tom Raygor; grandparents, Carl and Bernice Raygor. She will be remembered by her husband of 39 and a half years, Tim Powers, of Council Bluffs; daughters, Beth (Kyle Detweiler) Powers, of Sidney, IA and Julia (Collin) Williams, of Council Bluffs; grandchildren, Jackson, Richard, and Gabriella; brother, Mike (Sherri) Raygor; sister, Marcy Hamsa; fur babies: Elmer and Fudd; many other nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and other relatives. Visitation, Tuesday, 4 to 6 p.m., at Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park Chapel. Funeral Service, Wednesday, 10 a.m., also at the funeral home. Jake will be laid to rest in Flint Cemetery, Griswold, IA. Luncheon at the Eagles Club, 1530 Ave. F, following the burial. Memorials are suggested to the Jennie Edmundson Foundation.

    September 4, 1961 - March 26, 2024