YOUNGSTOWN Homegoing services will be Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Antioch Baptist Church for Mrs. Mary Louise Dowdy, 83, who departed this life Feb. 12, 2014.
Mrs. Dowdy was born April 25, 1930, in Florence, S.C., a daughter of Ray and Mallie McWhite McNeil.
She worked for 32 years as a nurses aide at Forum Health Northside Medical Center, retiring in 1996.
She was a lifelong member of the Fellowship Baptist Church, its choir, usher ministry, a Deaconess, financial secretary and church clerk. She was a member of the Silver Star Chapter No. 4 O.E.S. past matron; Minerva Ct. No. 5; Amaranth; Elizabeth Ct. No. 1 H.O.J.; Ruth Ct. No. 23 Daughter of Spinx; President of Charity of Elizabeth Grand Chapter; and member of Roses of 7 Seals. Mary was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan, and enjoyed, cooking, singing and being with her beloved family.
She leaves to cherish her memory, four daughters, Virginia Gibson, Jeanne (Michael) Anderson and Terry (Matthias) Robinson, all of Youngstown, and Lisa (Kevin) Black of South Euclid; two sons, Michael and Richard Dowdy, both of Youngstown; 16 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Lois Johnson of San Diego; and a host of family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Major Jr. Dowdy, whom she married Aug. 6, 1947, and who passed away Sept. 22, 1992; two sons, William and Ronald D. Dowdy; and a brother, Johnny McNeil.
Friends may call on Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.
Arrangements entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.