She was born March 19, 1918, near Cairo, Ohio, to Perry I. and Elsie Altstaetter Miller, who preceded her in death. On Aug. 6, 1938, she married Robert L. McDowell, who died Feb. 26, 1996.
Mrs. McDowell was a life member of Pleasant View Church of the Brethren, Cairo. In 2000, she moved, with family, to the Elizabethton, Tenn., area. She was a farm wife and retired from Sears & Roebuck Co. She attended First Baptist Church, Elizabethton, Tenn., since 2000. She enjoyed teaching the children at Pleasant View, singing in the choir, square dancing, games with friends and family, and camping and traveling, but most of all she enjoyed her family. She has now passed on to be with the Lord.
Survivors include a son, Gerald “Jerry” (Ruby) McDowell; two grandchildren, Robert Jeffrey (Starli) McDowell and Beth (Kevin) Hall; two great-grandchildren, Wyatt and Bailey, who she spent a lot of time with; a sister-in-law, Gloria Baker Miller Byerly; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Walter and Arthur Miller.
Services were held at Hartman Sons Funeral Home, Columbus Grove, Ohio. Burial was in Truro Cemetery, Columbus Grove.
Memorial contributions may be made to Pleasant View Church of the Brethren carpet fund.