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 Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Rinngold County, Iowa
Thursday, September 05, 2002

OBITUARY - ARLA M. McDOWELL

Arla Maude (JACKSON) McDOWELL was born November 4, 1916, in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Ralph and Lou G. (HOBBS) JACKSON. She passed away on Tuesday, August 27, 2002 at the Clearview Nursing Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa at the age of 85 years.

Arla graduated from Kellerton high school in the class of 1934 and attended Normal training for teachers in Chariton, Iowa. She taught third and fourth grades in Kellerton for two years.

On May 29, 1938, she was united in marriage to Francis Eugene McDOWELL. Arla and Francis lived and farmed for the next 55 years mostly in the Kellerton area. Francis preceded her in death in April 1998.

Arla was a homemaker and housewife all of her married life. She was a member of the Kellerton United Methodist Church and the U.M.W. She loved children and was active in Sunday school for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three sisters, an infant brother and one granddaughter.

Survivors include son Mike McDOWELL, daughter and son-in-law Diane and Bill COLEMAN of Kellerton; one sister and brother-in-law Beverly and Sam MERRILL of Kellerton; one brother and sister-in-lawPark and Ina JACKSON of Omaha, Nebraska; three grandchildren, Lesley COLEMAN SMID, Kendall COLEMAN and Margo McDOWELL; and three great-grandchildren, J.C. DeLEON, Erin and Emily SMID; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 30, 2002 at the United Methodist Church in Kellerton with Pastor Rick HAWKINS and Reverend William MILLER officiating. Musicians were Sandy CAMPBELL and Reverend Terry ROBERTS. Casket bearers were Roger GIBSON, Mike STARK, Dick JACKSON, Rod SMITH, Danny WEBB and Monte AKERS.

Arla was laid to rest in the Maple Row Cemetery, Kellerton.

Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr was in charge of the arrangements.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, September of 2012

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