Dr. Rhoda Powers Collins

February 1, 1939 - January 8, 2009
Dr. Rhoda Powers Collins

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/


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  • January 21, 2009
    Barbara Ratley says:
    Maria and Family: I share my sympathies with you for your mother, grandmother, was a special lady. I met her when I started at Pembroke in 1976. She never steered me wrong. She was a great help to me as I studied hard to become a teacher. I loved her and I am so sorry for your loss. Love Barbara Ratley

  • June 18, 2009
    Pat Nelson says:
    Rhoda was the most beautiful spirit I have ever met. She was always so helpful and genuine and she had a way of making you feel wonderful. We will deeply miss her and are grateful that we had the opportunity to see her at Maria and Matt's wedding. All our love to her family, Pat, John and Alex Nelson

  • January 15, 2009
    Kay Cox says:
    Dear, Maria, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. She was a great lady, always thinking of others and giving of herself and her resources. I was her maid, but she was so good to me. I liked and respected her tremendously. I'm sure you know, but she was so proud of you and loved you with all her heart. She always talked about you and the wonderful things you were doing. With deepest symphathy, Kay Cox

  • January 15, 2009
    Joyce Singletary says:
    Maria and family, My heart goes out to you in the loss of your Mother. You were blessed to have such a wonderful and devoted mother. Please know that you are in my prayers. Rhoda was an outstanding person in the classroom, in business meetings and in casual "get-togethers". Her zest for life and enthusiasm were contagious. Even though she is no longer with us in person, the memories that we shared will always be a part of my life.

  • January 15, 2009
    JanLowery says:
    Maria, I met you when you about 10. My mom and I worked at UNC-P and knew your mom well. Mom worked in the Registrar's Office. I went with you two to London, first time to Europe and would never had gone if not for your mom. Haven't had a chance to ever travel like that again. She was a wonderful and very inspiring person. She was dearly loved at UNCP and will be missed.