Dorothy E. McDowell
September 2, 1922 - March 14, 2018
Dorothy E. McDowell, 95, of Morenci, passed away Wednesday morning, March 14, 2018, at her home, surrounded by her loving family and in the care of Great Lakes Caring Hospice. Born September 2, 1922, in Chrisman, IL, she was the daughter of the late David and Ora (Powers) Morgan. She married Richard “Dick” McDowell on September 30, 1943, in Hillsdale, and he preceded her in death on August 10, 1959.
Dorothy graduated from West Unity High School Class of 1940, and later earned a degree from Stautzenberger Business College. She retired from the former Morenci Rubber Products Company, where she worked in accounts receivable and accounts payable.
Catholic by faith, Dorothy was a devoted parishioner of Our Lady of Mercy Church in Fayette, and was active in its Altar Rosary Society. She was a member of the Morenci American Legion Auxiliary since 1972, as well as an auxiliary member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles where she served as treasurer for many years. She also served on the Senior Center Advisory Board, worked with the City of Morenci as a member of the Board of Review, assisted with government elections, and was a trustee on the Charles Fay Foundation.
Dorothy traveled the country competing in team bowling tournaments and was also a member of the Thursday night ladies golf league. She loved attending the many sporting events and school activities of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a loyal Detroit Tigers and Lions fan. She enjoyed watching plays and musicals at the Croswell Opera House in Adrian. An avid reader, Dorothy volunteered for many years in the Elementary Host program where her service was recognized.
Besides her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Dale “Butch” McDowell, and a grandson, Greg Whitson.
She is survived by her daughter, Barbara (Doug) Miles of Morenci; two sons, Mike (Mary) McDowell of Morenci and Patrick (Christa) McDowell of Hillsdale; stepdaughter, Debra Zisa of FL; stepson, Steve Rothlisberger of FL; thirteen grandchildren, Chris, Deanna, Richard, Steve, Stacey, Alex, Travis, Michael, Ryan, Brett, Melissa, Benjamin and Scott; twelve great-grandchildren; as well as an additional great-grandchild and a great-great- grandchild on the way.
The family will receive friends for a visitation at the Eagle Funeral Home in Morenci on Friday afternoon March 16, 2018, beginning at 3:00 p.m., and concluding with a Rosary 7:30 p.m. A funeral mass for the soul of Dorothy will be celebrated Saturday, March 17, at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Fayette, offered by Father Stephen Stanbery. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.
Memorial contributions in honor of Dorothy can be made to Great Lakes Caring Hospice, the St. Vincent DePaul Society in Fayette, or a charity of the donor’s choice.