Deborah E. Powers, 63, of Pittsfield passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 4, 2020 in Boston following a brief illness. She was surrounded by her loving children, siblings and friends. Deb was born in Pittsfield on August 29, 1956, the daughter of Priscilla A. Groves and the late John L. Groves, and graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1974. She lived a full life, always giving and putting the needs of others before her own.
Deb was the Assistant Manager at Rogers Jewelers in Downtown Pittsfield until it closed. While at Rogers, she filled so many lives with happiness and joy through her creative and thoughtful eye. Following her career at Rogers, she transitioned into a paraprofessional. She loved the work that she did with special needs children at Pittsfield High School, which she did up until her passing. Additionally, Deb spent her summers nourishing the children that attended the Boys and Girls Club and Camp Russell.
Deb was a loving mother who cherished her children with everything she had. She supported her children through all of their endeavors and was so proud of them in every aspect. When there wasn’t a Red Sox game on, Deb could be found watching her favorite movies on the Hallmark Channel or playing Skip-Bo at the kitchen table.
In addition to her mother, Priscilla A. Groves, Deb is survived by her children, Justin Powers and Sienna Powers, her brothers, Stephen Groves and his wife Pam and Scott Groves and his wife Ekaterina, as well as several nieces and nephews. She is now reunited with her father, John who passed in 2014 who she loved and missed with all of her heart.
SERVICES: A Celebration of Deb’s Life will be held SATURDAY, January 18th from 9-11:30AM at DEVANNY-CONDRON FUNERAL HOME, 40 Maplewood Ave. Pittsfield, MA with a funeral home prayer service to begin at 11:30 led by Rev. Ralph Howe, Pastor of the First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the Groves family lot of Pittsfield Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Boys and Girls Club of the Berkshires-Camp Russell Rec Therapy, in care of the funeral home.