Smithfield Powell, Betty Jane (Napier), Betty J. Powell (nee Napier) of Smithfield died peacefully on October 10, 2016 with her son, Loren Powell, by her side and her beloved caregivers at Providence New Castle near at hand. She was born on January 23, 1934 to the late Earl and Mary Napier in Louisville Ky. Betty, nicknamed Patty by her older sister Sue, graduated from Valley High School Class of 1952 with a shoe box full of 4-H ribbons for her champion dairy cows, canning demonstrations and one prize chicken. She married David Lockman, becoming an Air Force wife and traveling the United States. She returned to Kentucky sixteen years later to marry the love of her life, Lorenzo B. Powell. They celebrated 42 years together before he passed on five years before her death. Described by her sister Barbara as always having a project and a plan, Betty's drive to excel fueled her first career at Jewish Hospital of Louisville KY where she was Director of Patient Registration for 22 years. She was selected as part of the U.S. Medical Team to attend the Goodwill Games in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she worked closely with local hospitals to upgrade their services for the 2000 athletes from 56 countries competing in the 1994 games. Betty's official windbreaker from the Goodwill Games is still a coveted family heirloom. Betty was invited to join the National Association of Healthcare Access Management as a charter member in 1975, spearheaded the national certification process for healthcare managers through Indiana University and was elected President of NAHAM in 1981, all on the strength of a high school diploma. Always a champion for higher education, she proudly obtained an Associate's Degree from Jefferson Community College along with membership to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society in 1993 while working full-time, a feat her children were never allowed to forget. She received the National Commitment to Excellence award in 1995 from NAHAM and was proudly admitted to the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels in 1983. She was working on her Bachelor's degree in Appalachian History when she was overtaken by Parkinson's Disease. She regretted losing her chance to graduate from the University of Kentucky. Betty's second career began after retirement, when she became a reading specialist for New Castle Elementary. She was quickly singled out to assist children with special needs, passionately committed to opening their world through books. Betty was quite a reader herself, and inherited her love of storytelling from her father, an indispensable gift while teaching Vacation Bible School for the Southern Baptist Church. A woman of faith and a constant learner, she strove to balance her inquisitive mind with humor and compassion. She was known for her laughter as much as for her accomplishments Surviving family include her sister Barbara Patton (Jim), three step-daughters, Faye Rhoades (Chester), Nancy Hunt and Janie Craven (Roy); two sons David Lockman (Kim) and Loren Powell (Ilse) and one daughter Mary Lockman (Deb) as well as numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is preceded by her husband Lorenzo B. (LB) Powell, one infant son, her parents, and her sister Sue Burns. Graveside services will be at 10:00 AM Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Turners Station Cemetery, Turners Station, KY with Reverend Earl Wayne Perry officiating the service. Visitation will be Friday, October 14, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Ransdell Funeral Home, Campbellsburg, KY. Online condolences may be made at www.ransdellfuneral.com .
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