Lisa Lamberth Powell

d. 08 Oct 2001


Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Virginia:

This article courtesy of Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of Newport News, Virginia:


Victims Passionate about Diving - and Life




Lisa Powell proposed to Mike Bjorson in July by sending him on a scavenger hunt that ended at a swimming pool.

She had placed a wedding band in the water and made him dive for it. He accepted.

"She was full of life, absolutely gung-ho with everything - rock climbing, scuba diving, running, yoga.
She was into everything and good at everything," said Tony Potter, one of Powell's close friends.

She was one of the 17 members of the Richmond Dive Club killed Monday in Belize when Hurricane Iris capsized their boat.
She was 31, a 1988 graduate of Monacan High School and a 1992 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University.
She managed The Toymaker of Williamsburg in Shockoe Slip.

"She had a million and one friends," said Mandy Bohanon, one of Powell's co-workers.

Powell and Potter's wife, Catherine, had been inseparable since meeting 12 years ago as sales clerks
at a women's clothing store in the West End.

At the time of her death, Powell was living part of the time with the Potters in Henrico County and part of the time with her mother,
Sharon Reavis, in Goochland County. Powell also was the godmother to the Potters' 2-year-old son, Benjamin.

"God, he loved her," Catherine Potter said. "You can imagine. His godmother worked in a toy store."

Powell and Bjorson's wedding plans hadn't been finalized because he's in the Navy and stationed in Seattle.
On Tuesday, Tony Potter called the jeweler to cancel work on Powell's wedding ring.
She lived a rich life and is now an angel, he said.

Catherine Potter recalled how her friend loved Halloween. Powell liked outlandish costumes and had dressed
in the past as Gene Simmons of the rock group Kiss and the pop-star Prince. "I even glued hair on her chest."

Powell also did volunteer work for Big Brothers & Big Sisters Services and Camp Comfort.

"The thing that stands out the most is that she always was a genuinely good person," Catherine Potter said.

An outdoor memorial service for Powell is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Roslyn-The Virginia Diocesan Center,
8727 River Road. Casual attire is welcome.


Sunday, November 18, 2001, 12:49 EST

Lisa Lamberth Powell's Positive Life

Hi  Typhoons of NNHS.  

    Yesterday we celebrated the life of my daughter, Lisa Lamberth Powell, who along with 19 others died last month when their dive boat was capsized in Belize after it was hit by Hurricane Iris.  This loss has devastated our family but we are looking at the positives in her life, which were so many.  She was a vibrant and dynamic woman who enjoyed life and also made life so meaningful for many others.  She always had a positive thought for everyone, she was always brightening the room with positive words and particularly by her actions.   She amazed everyone with her energy which she channeled towards such positive things as adopting a "little sister", Kiosha, for the Big Sister's organization and faithfully saw her and provided her  with the good experiences of life which she would never have had without the actions of Lisa. Lisa volunteered at Camp Comfort, a place where bereaved children who lost a parent were consoled.  Also, Lisa managed the Toymaker of Williamsburg store in Richmond.  Southern Living Magazine quoted Lisa last December:  "We get a lot of big kids (adults) in here...Christmas would not be Christmas without toys."

    Yesterday at the celebration for the lost divers  it was stated that "what we have lost cannot be measured, but what we still have (good memories and the lives of those living) far exceeds that loss".   Lisa always looked at the positives and never allowed you to talk about the negative.  What an inspiration for us all.   Make every minute of life good and meaningful for yourself and to everyone else you know.   Lisa set the standard,  and I'm trying to catch her.
  Forrest Powell class of 1963, Richmond, Va.
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