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Litonia June Powell Columbia

01/25/1940 - 07/03/2019
Service Date: 07/20/2019
Service Time: 4 PM
Service Location: Bunker's Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ 85201
Visitation Date: 07/20/2019
Visitation Time: 3 PM
Visitation Location: Bunker's Garden Chapel

Litonia June (Powell) Columbia, age 79, passed away peacefully July 3, 2019, due to pneumonia.  She was born January 25, 1940 in Paducah, Kentucky to June Stanton and Edward Ray Powell, Sr.  She married Rosario Columbia in November 29, 1961.

She found it a pleasure working as an administrator for Tandem Computers, prior to retirement.  She loved the holidays, and chatting with her friends and family.  She enjoyed crossword puzzles, late night movies, Scrabble, card games, and her music including Elvis Presley, but most of all, always had time for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Litonia is survived by her husband Rosario Columbia, her daughter Candice Columbia, and her three sons, Mario and Kimberly Columbia, Joseph L. Columbia, and John R. Columbia.  She is also survived by her sisters, Sue Hester of Aurora, CO., Judy and John Funderburg of Centennial, CO., Patricia Graf of Cicero, IL.; and her nine grandchildren Michael (Cathi) Columbia, Ross Columbia, Anamarie Columbia, Hailey Columbia, Kimberly and Darius Williams, Anthony Columbia, Kaylee and Frank McWain, Julianna Columbia, Rosario Columbia; plus 12 great grandchildren, Preston, Mia, Sophiana, Giovanni, Zoey, Mason, Isabella, Eli, Paishance, Payton, Kaine, Quinn, and Keagan and Grady.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Edward Jr. and Randall Powell.

The funeral service will be held at 4:00pm on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at Bunker’s Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ. 85201, with visitation beginning one hour prior to the service at 3:00pm.


  • Patricia A. Graf

    Toni I’m so sorry you had such a hard time with health. You will be missed terribly. But its such a shame you went through so much that made your health worse. You being my oldest sister I will miss you. But one day I will see you again. Love your sister Pat

  • John and Judy Funderburg

    So sad you are gone but glad you are no longer suffering. My older sister, my friend. I will miss you so much.

  • Steve Funderburg

    Rest In Peace Aunt Toni. You are a great woman who will be missed by everyone. We love you very much.

  • Denise Gullo D’Anna

    Praying for you and the entire Columbia family. Toni was a wonderful person. She will be missed. ❤️🙏

  • Karen countryman

    My heart goes out to all of you.
    I remember meeting this beautiful lady..
    May she be free of pain.

  • Donna Powell Richardson

    I miss our calls to catch up that lasted for at least an hour. When I lost my Mom you were there.

  • Don and Cheryl VonderBurg

    Rest in peace Aunt Toni. You will be missed.

  • My sweet grandma columbia! You and I were so close growing up I have so many great memories with you. I miss you and love you so much. You will be missed but never forgotten! I know you are probably right here next to me as I write this – grandma I love you so much and miss you so much You were such a beautiful soul I know I’ll see you again!!! Xoxo always on my mind grandma!!!

  • Francesca Stanfa

    Aunt Toni I will miss you .Always in my heart .Listening the songs of Elvis I will think of you . I have such a good memories of you ! Please pray for us from Heaven the place where you belong for sure .Love

  • Bonnie Mainiero

    My heart is broken , I understand U were a gift to all of us . U surely proved that . U will be tucked away in my heart forever ! See U someday on the other side .May your journey be short and your rewards over flow ! I am gonna miss U !!!😪

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