Mary Diane (Foster) Powers

Born: Sat., Nov. 14, 1931
Died: Tue., Dec. 31, 2019


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LOWVILLE, NY ~ Mary Diane Powers, 88, died peacefully on Tuesday, December 31, 2019, at Lewis County Residential Health Care Facility, Lowville, where she had resided since 2016.

Born November 14, 1931 in New York City, a daughter of Earl and Florence Doyle Foster, she was a graduate of the Vincentian Institute in Albany, NY.

In the early 1950’s, Diane (the name she always preferred to be called) began work as a secretary for Owens of Illinois in Cincinnati, Ohio, which was the predecessor of the Owens Corning Company. Over the ensuing 39 years, she worked her way up the ladder to eventually become the Director of their Human Resources Division, a position she held until her retirement in the early 1990’s.

Following her retirement, she initially moved to Watertown, NY, and over the next 20+ years, had also resided in Theresa and Philadelphia, NY, before entering the nursing home in Lowville in September of 2016 due to failing health.

Throughout her life she enjoyed times spent with her family, and before her vision began to decline, she liked playing cards.

She was of the Catholic faith.

Survivors include her son, Dan Gailey, of Buffalo, NY; three grandchildren, Haley, Marley and Jude Reynolds; a very special beloved nephew, Martin R. Luther, Jr., of Harrisville, and several other nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Tina Reynolds, who died in 2016, and two sisters, Carole Decent, who died in 2003, and Barbara Luther, who died in 2018.

Diane’s funeral service will be private, and per her wishes, there will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements are with Scanlon Funeral Home, Harrisville.

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