Ornament honors Odessa at Texas Capitol

December 24, 2018

An ornament was placed on the State Capitol Christmas tree Monday to highlight the Permian Basin and honor a former Odessa educator.

Alongside images of a pump jack and mesquite bushes are the initials of Sally Powell. She taught fine art at Permian High School and Bowie Middle School, and she died in April of cancer.

"I am proud of the personal touch on this year’s ornament as it showcases our vibrant economy, but moreover, pays tribute to Sally Powell, a West Texan who made our area a more beautiful and gentler place,” State Rep. Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) stated in a news release from Landgraf’s office.

Ben Powell of Odessa, her son, designed and created the ornament.

“A white cat sits at the base of the pump jack as a nod to the comfortable presence mom brought to an area where comfort is not a luxury everyone can afford, and one she never charged for.” Ben Powell stated in the release. “This ornament is a testament to folks like my mom, whose initials grace the head of the pump jack, and the countless others who invisibly grace our landscape with their constant pursuit of good will for all, their fight for the underdog and their commitment to beauty wherever it can be found or made.”

The ornament will hang on the 30-foot native Texas tree in the Texas House Chamber through the end of December.

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