Roma Lee (Powell) Alder – Obituary

Roma Lee Alder, former longtime Hermiston, Oregon resident of Kennewick, Washington, was born on December 7, 1935 in Beaver, Utah to parents, Albert and Myrtle Mary Woolsey Powell. She passed away peacefully on July 25, 2022 in Richland, Washington at the age of 86 years. 

Her two older brothers, Albert and Gene, adored her. She was sickly much of her early life as well as her later life. Their family later adopted a little girl named Barbara, so she finally had a sister. 

Roma was very active in high school. She took Hawaiian guitar lessons and voice lessons. She performed in operettas and music festivals and preferred singing in small groups and trios. She loved to dance and enjoyed dance festivals as well as youth church dances. Roma and Allan Alder have been friends ever since they were young. They would play together while their mothers were at ward choir practice. They started officially dating in high school and did so until he left on his mission. 

It might be considered scandalous today, but Roma and Allan’s sister and mother went and picked him up from his mission. Roma and Allan were soon married on October 30, 1957, in the Idaho Falls Temple. They have 7 children: Robert (Debbie), Michael (Sharon), David, Diana (Jed), Karen (Aaron), Eric (Nova) and Steven (Cher). They have 36 grandchildren and 48 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. 

Roma loved her service in the church. She was a great teacher and enjoyed teaching children and youth. Her most rewarding ward calling was when she taught early morning seminary. She  loved it when past seminary students called or visited. Roma was always a faithful visiting teacher. She knew how to minister to others. 
Roma and Allan served a mission together in the Family History Salt Lake City Mission for 15 months and soon thereafter were called as ordinance workers in the Portland Temple. In 2001 they were called to be President and Matron of the newly constructed Columbia River Washington Temple by President Gordon B. Hinckley where they served for three years which was one of the highlights of their lives. 

Roma enjoyed life. She loved being around her children and grandchildren. She made birthdays and holidays fun and memorable. She even made getting new shoes special and would sing to us and our children the Brand New Shoes song every time. She had a great sense of humor and we spent lots of time laughing and playing together. She loved playing games, telling stories and found lots of ways to share her testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2022 at 2:00 P.M. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1035 E 9th St., Hermiston, Oregon with viewing from 1:00 P.M. to 1:45 P.M. at the Relief Society room.

Burial will follow at the Hermiston Cemetery, Hermiston, Oregon.

Please share memories of Roma with her family at burnsmortuaryhermiston.com

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon is in care of arrangements.

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