Anne Powell

Date of Birth

February 21, 1916

Date of Death

May 12, 2013

City of Death


Anne Powell passed away at her home in Goleta on 5/12/2013 at the age of 97.

She was born Anna Maria Gillis in Portland Oregon on 2/21/1916.

As a child she lived in Hollywood, California. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Immaculate Heart College in1933. She earned a Master’s degree in French literature from UCLA.

She taught for San Gabriel area schools including Garfield High School. Anne spent many years as a docent at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and the Museum of Natural History.

Anne was an accomplished painter and was a member of the Santa Barbara Art Association and the Goleta Valley Art Association where she was president in 1981.

Anne always looked on the positive side. If things got bad she always said “it will get better”.

Anne is survived by 7 of her 8 children, 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

A lovely funeral mass was held for her at St. Raphael Catholic Church.

Anne is dearly missed.


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