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Obituary: Mary Louise (Coogie) Hourigan Powers

Mary Louise (Coogie) Hourigan Powers, 92, died May 05, 2012 at her home in Vero Beach, FL. Mrs. Powers was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA. When she was a small child she loved the movies of Jackie Coogan so much that the family coined the nickname “Coogie” by which she was known for the rest of her life.

Coogie attended Manhattanville College in New York City. She married her now deceased husband Charles A. Powers Sr. in 1940. They lived on Long Island, where she raised her family of three children first in Great Neck and then Sands Point. Later they moved to Locust Valley and finally to Vero Beach, FL, where she has lived for more than 30 years.

She is survived by her son Charles A. Powers Jr. (Cap) and his wife Lou Rae, her daughter Pamela M. Prokop and her husband Bob, and another daughter Patricia P. Woodlock and her husband Doug. Coogie’s grandchildren by birth order are Patricia Aitken Smith, Michael Aitken, Pamela Woodlock Egleston, Charles A. Powers III, Benjamin Woodlock, Christy Powers Allen and Gillian Prokop. Her great-grandchildren are David Smith, Ned Smith, Charlotte Powers, Anne Egleston and Caitlyn Powers. Two of her sisters, Rosina Bairstow and Elizabeth Burke, also survive her.

Coogie was an accomplished artist who maintained a life long interest in flowers and decorating as well. She and her husband traveled around the world extensively. She was a member of the Moorings Club of Vero Beach, the Sea Oats Garden Club, the Creek Club of Locust Valley and the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club of Port Washington.

The family would like to express its deepest thanks for the extraordinary loving care of Carol Parker and her wonderful staff of caregivers - Bev, Becky, Tina, Icela, Carol, Bridgette, Cathy and Aubrey.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to McKee Botanical Garden, 350 U.S. Hwy. 1, Vero Beach, FL 32963.

A celebration of her life was held at Holy Cross Church in Vero Beach on May 9. Arrangements by Cox-Gifford-Seawinds Funeral Home, Vero Beach. An online guestbook may be viewed and signed at


Gould A. ‘Stretch’ Ryder III, accomplished sailor, pilot, businessman, civic leader, and steward of the beautiful waterfront of Port Washington, passed away Oct. 24 at The Amsterdam at Harborside Hospice Center in Port Washington.

Stretch, as he was known to all, was well known as part of the crew on Ted Turner’s “Courageous” when it won the America’s Cup in 1977. Turner stayed in touch and visited Stretch last week.

Stretch’s life was marked by numerous personal contributions and accomplishments.

Parents concerned about classroom sizes spoke up at the Port Washington Board of Education meeting, as the board passed an approval of the larger sizes.

Parents spoke of class sizes at the district’s elementary being in the mid 20s, an amount they felt compromised the quality of their children’s education.

“The board of education changed our children’s education for the worse,” said one mother of larger average class sizes the board had approved last year. The comment drew clapping from the audience.


The Port Washington Soccer Club has presented Schreiber High School graduate and captain of the Port Washington Blue Knights, Cameron Boroumand, with the annual $1,000 Joe Cohen Scholarship.

The award, which has been presented annually for over 10 years, was established by the Port Washington Soccer Club to honor Joseph Cohen, a gifted athlete who attended college on a soccer scholarship. He went on to achieve outstanding success, first academically, and then in his professional life.  He gave his time fully and with great heart to innumerable charitable endeavors.

The tough and talented Port Washington volleyball team defeated Hicksville at an away game this past Friday in all three sets.

With strong returning players who also play on club teams year round, the Port Washington team plays with a certain level of chemistry. Megan Murphy and Kelly Nardone led the way with 12 assists and Mia Walker had six kills.


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Port Summer Show - November 6

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