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Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, January 23, 2003

OBITUARY ~ MERNA DEAN (OVERHOLTZER) McDOWELL

Merna Dean (OVERHOLTZER) McDOWELL, age 85, formerly of Grand River, Iowa, passed away Sunday, January 12, 2003 at a health care facility in Maryville, Missouri.

Merna was born January 16, 1917 in Grand River, Iowa to Walter and Gladys (BOLES) OVERHOLTZER. After graduation from Grand River high school, Merna married Matthew McDOWELL on January 16, 1935. Most of herlife was spent as a homemaker on the family farm south of Grand River.

As a member of the United Methodist Church, she was active in Sunday school, church and the Women's Society of Christian Service. Merna loved music and especially enjoyed playing the piano and organ. Merna was a good cook. She and Matt enjoyed camping together.

She was preceded in death by her husband Matthew in 1988 and by her parents.

Survivors include her three children: Marla WEST and husband Mitchell of Miles, Texas, Janice PADGITT and husband Dennis of Maryville, Missouri and Frank McDOWELL and wife Rita of Urbandale, Iowa; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law, Maurine and Glen POORE of Osceola, Iowa; sister, Eula WILLIAMSON of Clearwater, Florida; and many relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Thursday, January 16, 2003 at the Slade-O'Donnell Funeral Home in Leon, Iowa with Reverend Terry D. ROBERTS officiating. Burial was in the Grand River Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the Grand River United Methodist Church in Merna's memory.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, August of 2012

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