Dr. Rhoda Powers Collins, 69, of Wilmington passed away in her daughter’s arms at New Hanover Regional Medical Center on January 8, 2009 and now resides with Jesus. She was born to Cary and Mabel Powers in St. Pauls, North Carolina on February 1, 1939. She received her college degree in education from The Women’s College of the University of North Carolina. She attained her master’s degree in education from UNC-Chapel Hill and earned her doctorate in education from Duke University. She taught in the North Carolina public schools for many years and went on to teach at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s School of Education from 1967-2005. Among many honors she was awarded was her selection to the Order of the Long Leaf Pine and the status of Professor Emeritus from UNCP.
She is survived by a daughter, Maria; a son-in-law, Matthew; and two grandsons, Edgeworth and Cary. She has two surviving brothers, Dr. Maurice Powers of Camden, NC and Dr. Neill Powers of Havelock, NC. She also has two deceased siblings, a sister, Phyllis and a brother, Richard.
Her memorial service will be held on January 31, 2009, at 2 PM at St. Pauls United Methodist Church located at 406 W. Broad Street in St. Pauls, NC.
Condolences may be left at http://www.wilmingtonburialandcremation.com/