Marie Dowdy, daughter of the late Dale Dempsey and Frances Cox Dempsey, was born on April 16, 1910, at Clarksville, Ark., and died in the Cypress Point Healthcare in Dexter on Tuesday, April 6, 2004, at the age of 93.
Mrs. Dowdy was of the Baptist faith, a homemaker and a resident of Dexter.
She was united in marriage to Jack Dowdy on Sept. 13, 1933, at Clarksville, Ark., and he preceded her in death on Sept. 18, 1983.
Survivors include two sons, Larry Dowdy and Richard Dowdy, both of Dexter; four daughters, Louise Oliver of LaPeer, Mich., Iva Horn of Bloomfield, Lovena Dowdy and Nancy Pullum, both of Dexter; two sisters, Mary Towel of Morehouse and Minnie Williams of Farmington; 56 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by four sons, Edward Dowdy, John Dowdy, Bill Spence and Jimmy Dowdy; two daughters, Leta Sides and Alice Faye Dowdy; and one sister, Rosie Rebback.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. today, Wednesday, April 7, 2004, at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 8, 2004, in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel in Dexter with Rev. Phil Warren officiating.
Interment will follow in the Essex Cemetery.