Henrietta Powder, 83

The Baltimore Sun

Henrietta "Etta" M. Powder, a retired secretary and Scottish immigrant, died of a heart attack June 27 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville Beach, Fla. The Lutherville resident was 83.

Mrs. Powder was on vacation in Florida when she was stricken, family members said.

Henrietta Marie Shearer was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, where she graduated from high school.

During World War II, she worked as a secretary for a piano company while volunteering as a secretary with an American Red Cross unit.

"She was a hostess for dances there and often sang for the troops," said her daughter, Jacqueline Powder Frank of Mount Washington, a former Sun reporter.

In 1950, she sailed to Baltimore with the parents of a childhood friend who had married an American soldier from the city.

"She planned to stay a month, and stayed the rest of her life," her daughter said.

The friendship between Margaret Mills Karczmarek of Rosedale and Mrs. Powder dated to their school days in Glasgow.

"I was a war bride, and Etta came for a visit with my parents, who were immigrating to Baltimore," said Mrs. Karczmarek.

Mrs. Powder worked as a secretary for the Johns Hopkins Fund and the American Totalisator Co.

Mrs. Powder was married for 40 years to John W. Powder Jr., a certified public accountant, who died in 1996.

Mrs. Powder lived in Phoenix, Baltimore County, for 35 years before moving to Mercy Ridge retirement community in Lutherville eight years ago.

Plans for a memorial service were incomplete yesterday.

Also surviving are a son, John Derek Powder of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; a sister, Avril Haines of Elgin, Scotland; and a granddaughter.

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