Ethel L. Powell

Jul 20, 2018
Ethel Powell

South Thomaston — Ethel Lehto Powell, 87, died July 18 at the Knox Center in Rockland. Ethel was an amazing lady who got to take the step she had looked forward to for so many years. There can be absolutely no doubt that the words she heard from her Lord were, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” Ethel was born October 13, 1930 in Canton, Mass. to Victor Lehto and Impi Manninen Lehto.

Ethel grew up in Canton and graduated from Canton High School. She graduated from business school in Boston. She married Walter Powell in 1952. She was active running political campaigns while she lived in Massachusetts. Ethel and Walter lived in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and moved to Maine in 1972. She was an executive secretary at the Samoset Resort, and at Pen Bay Medical Center. She was active as a cub scout den mother, and as a member of

the Finnish American Society in South Thomaston and the Trinity Baptist Missionary Church in Thomaston.

She discovered a talent for painting and drawing at the age of 70. She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting. She made sweaters, mittens, and afghans for many of her family members. Ethel was well-known for making the best snickerdoodles. She was an eloquent, loving person and was very organized in all of her pursuits.

She was predeceased by her parents, siblings, and by her husband, Walter Powell.

She is survived by a daughter, Karen Wheelis and her husband, Larry, of Union; sons, Robert Powell and his wife Debbie, of South Thomaston, Glenn Powell and his wife, Gail, of New York City; grandchildren, Christopher Wheelis, of Milwaukee,Wis., Scott Wheelis, of Bowdoin, Robert Wheelis and his wife, Amy, of Warren, Andrew Wheelis and his wife, April, of Stafford,Va., Jessica Roberts and her husband, Nathan, of Friendship, Robert Powell of Va., Matthew Powell of New York City and eight great-grandchildren.

Friends are welcome to join the family for visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, July 23, at Hall's Funeral Home, 78 Main St., Thomaston. The service to celebrate Ethel’s life will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24, at the Trinity Baptist Missionary Church, 65 Gleason St., Thomaston, with Larry Wheelis officiating. Burial will follow in the North Parish Cemetery, Wiley’s Corner Road, St. George.

Arrangements are with Hall Funeral Home. Condolences may be shared with the family at




Comments (1)
Posted by: Ragna Weaver | Jul 21, 2018 10:09

My dear sweet friend who I affectionately called Ma. She called me one of her children. She had such an impact on our family. We all loved her dearly. She always talked about going to Heaven, & as she entered the gates of Heaven I can hear Ethel saying HOME AT LAST. God has called another angel home. Rest in Peace Ma. Our lives were better for knowing and loving you. One of your many children and family Ragna.


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