Willette Dowdy, daughter of the late Walter Earl Tharp and Gladys Bradbury Tharp, was born on Jan. 13, 1926, at Grayridge and died in the Meramec Nursing Center at Sullivan on Friday, Feb. 15, 2008, at the age of 82.
Mrs. Dowdy was a former proof reader for Fact, Inc. in St. Louis and a former resident of Dexter currently residing in Sullivan.
She was united in marriage to Bennie Carl Dowdy on Oct. 13, 1947, at Paragould, Ark. Mr. Dowdy preceded her in death on Dec. 20, 1989.
She is survived by one son, Rodger Tharp of Essex; two daughters, Janie Forrester of Owensville and Susan Dismang of Sullivan; one sister, Ruth Maxine Brown of Perryville; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Robert Dowdy and one sister, Hazel Baldwin.
Funeral services were conducted at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, 2008, in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel with Rev. James Malloy officiating.
Interment followed in the Essex Cemetery.