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Charlotte L. McDowell

d. December 20, 2017


Saturday, December 23, 2017 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia.


Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church.
Officiating: Rev. Joel Montgomery.
Music: Ruth Nation - soloist; Joy Davis - organist.
Interment: the Wellsville Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Sam McDowell, Joshua McDowell, Joshua Hockman, Jacob Hockman, Eli Beasley, Taylor Potter, Kevin Keltner and Tommy Crum.

Charlotte Louise (Bennett) McDowell passed away at 7:05 a.m. on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at the Macon Healthcare Center in Macon, Missouri. She grew up in Belvidere, Illinois, and was a 1951 Belvidere High School graduate. Charlotte received her Bachelor's degree from Illinois College in Jacksonville in 1955. She received her master's degree in English from Oklahoma State University in 1961. Charlotte taught English and speech both in high school and college for 30 years, including 20 years at Community R-6 High School. For many years, she worked in the veterinary office with her husband, Bill. Charlotte was a long-,time member of the First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia where she served as both a deacon and an elder. She was a member of P.E.O., Missouri State Teachers Association and Friends of the Audrain County Library. Her main hobby was reading. She also enjoyed her Corgi and Beagle dogs and many trips that included England, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, Alaska, and 44 other states. Her greatest joy was being a wife, mother, and grandmother.

Born: June 14, 1933 in Belvidere, Illinois, the daughter of Harold Leroy and Alice Dorthea (Beam) Bennett.

Married: William S. McDowell on March 20, 1955 in Belvidere, Illinois; he survives.

Survivors include: husband, William McDowell of Vandalia; two sons: James W. and wife, Marie McDowell of Macon, Missouri; Douglas H. and wife, Joanna McDowell of Columbia; seven grandchildren: Samuel W. P. McDowell, Emma E. Potter, Amanda L. McDowell, Joshua D. McDowell, Kerry A. Beasley, Joshua H. Hockman, and Jacob W. Hockman.

Preceded in death by: her parents.


Memorials are encouraged to the First Presbyterian Church General Fund


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