Lovetta June Pownell, 85, Minot, formerly of Cando, died Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, in a Velva nursing home.
Lovetta was born June 6, 1927, in Considine, to Cecil and Mary (Leppard) Matthews. She was the eldest of six children who were reared by their mother while their father served for 37 years in the military with several overseas assignments. When Lovetta was 16 years old she started her career as a telephone operator for the Cando Telephone Company.
Lovetta married Otis Eugene Pownell on May 3, 1947, in Leeds. They made their home on a farm 10 miles west of Cando for about four years before moving into Cando and then to Minot in 1965. Lovetta was employed at Trinity Medical Center and Northwest Clinic as a switchboard operator and Otis was employed by Wurgler Painting, Huwe House Moving, then as a civil service employee at Minot Air Force Base. Otis died on Oct. 31, 1972. Lovetta retired in 1991 as the communications supervisor for Trinity Medical Center. She has continued to make her home in Minot, most recently at the The Wellington and Edgewood Vista Memory Care Unit prior to moving to the Souris Valley Care Center in Velva a few weeks ago.
Lovetta was a member of First Assembly of God, Minot. She especially enjoyed family vacations that took them to Seattle, St. Louis, Glacier National Park, the Grand Canyon, Europe, Israel and Hawaii. Many of the vacations and her retirement years included time spent with family and friends.
Lovetta's loving family includes: her daughters, Otislene "Odie" (Ron) Alderman, of Minot, Donaldlene "Dee" (Stan) Hayes, of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Arlene (Chris) Gallup, of Antioch, Calif.; grandchildren, Roberta Hayes Zubke, Abigail Gallup Crosby, Chip, Dale, Bridget, Eric and Faith Gallup; great-grandchildren, Kathyn Marie Joye and Keilarah Roshayn Elise Zubke; brothers, Robert (Marge) Matthews, of Arnold, Md., and Roland (Clarice) Matthews, of Brinsmade; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Lovetta was preceded in death by: her parents; husband; and siblings, Phyllis (John) Fak, Helen "Punky" (Virgil) Albers and Virgil (Liz) Matthews.
A Celebration of the Life of Lovetta Pownell will be on Friday, Sept. 21, at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Interment will be in Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Visitation: Thursday, Sept. 20, from 4 to 7 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories and condolences are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).