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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