Lane Powell, 75

Longtime NCFR member Lane Powell passed away on Nov. 22, 2016, at age 75, after a brief illness.

The complete notice, including information on making memorial gifts, is available in The Birmingham News.

Lane was a vital and cherished part of NCFR for many years. An NCFR member since 1979, she was also a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) for 30 years. As well as being a journal author, her involvement at NCFR included time spent on the Board of the Texas Council on Family Relations (TxCFR), a member of the Southeastern Council on Family Relations (SECFR), Fellows Committee, as the board chair of the CFLE Academic Program Review Committee, and she served as NCFR’s Association of Councils president, serving on the Board of Directors.

Lane had a deep understanding of parenting, theology, child development and family life. She was the author of two editions of the textbook, Family Life Education, An Introduction. Until her retirement, Lane was a professor of Family Studies at Samford University and later at Texas Tech. After her retirement she was a consultant, helping to coach organizations, families and individuals to develop effective leadership, improve relationships and learn conflict resolution techniques.

A devoted wife and mother who always looked out for the “least among us,” Lane was a life-long social justice advocate who spent her life working to improve the quality of life for all families.

She recently completed a two-volume book titled “Parenting Secrets,” which addresses the need for books that appeal to basic readers. Her dying wish was to see these books distributed for free to families in need of support and encouragement.

She is survived by her sons, Steve and Jim, daughter Sharon, as well as several nieces, nephews and grandchildren.