Nancy Aurora Revilla Powell, 89, of Louisville, Kentucky, passed away on Saturday, August 27, 2022, at home with her family by her side. She had lived a beautiful life devoted to her family, helping others, cooking, shopping, dancing, and latin music.
Nancy was born in Springfield, Illinois, on May 12, 1933, to Esteban and Karleen (Peek) Revilla. Although she was born in the United States, her heart and youth were firmly anchored in Mexico. She used to work for her parents’ tire company and travel between Mexico City and Dallas, Texas, as a child. Nancy frequently related tales of high society in Mexico City, such as eating ice cream with the son of the Mexican president, listening to mariachi serenades late at night from suitors, and swimming with stingrays in the ocean off Acapulco.
Nancy got married as an adult and had three children with Raul Rojas—Raul, Patricia, and Alexander—before getting divorced. She met Robert Powell of Brandenberg, Kentucky, while traveling by train with her children from Mazatlán, Mexico, to Los Angeles. They got married on October 29, 1960, in Fullerton, California. They soon had a child of their own, Dennise, before moving to Louisville, Kentucky, to raise their family there permanently.
Nancy helped establish the Latin American Club in Louisville with other Spanish-speaking friends who shared her love of music and dancing. Nancy and her adored father, Esteban, proudly shared their talent for dancing at the Latin American Club. Nancy organized numerous Latin American fashion shows and participated in several Belvedere Latin American Weekends. She also volunteered her skills as an interpreter for immigrants at the Shelbyville Courthouse to assist Latino families in need, showing a tremendous amount of compassion.
Nancy was a woman of unending love, faith, and fun who lived life to the fullest and charmed everyone who met her. Nancy had a green thumb and enjoyed gardening, particularly hummingbirds. She had a passion for cooking for friends and family, and she had a library full of cookbooks. Nancy was an excellent host who enjoyed throwing parties and holiday celebrations for her loved ones. Her beauty, kindness, and elegance, as well as her remarkable politeness and pleasantries, will be remembered by her loved ones; for her distinction as an angelic force of positivity, for her gracefully failing to translate Mexican expressions into English, and for thinking in Spanish.
Esteban Revilla, her father, and Karleen Revilla, her mother, both passed away before her. Ronald Revilla and Steve Revilla Jr., brothers; and Alexander Powell and Raul Rojas, her sons.
Robert Powell, Nancy’s husband, and her daughters, Denise (Powell) Pea and Patricia (Powell) Hudson, are her loving survivors. Grandchildren; Robert Boles, Justin Soforo (Sara), Brian Powell (Tamzin), Sean Hudson, Maria Mayo (Ahmad), Roseanne Hill (Lee), Crystal Grant (Neville), and seven great-grandchildren.
Nancy was cremated in accordance with her wishes, and a Catholic mass and private family service will be held in her honor. Many of those who loved her will miss her. We will treasure our precious times spent together, honor her life, and be glad that she is at peace. The family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in Nancy’s memory rather than flowers.
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