Mrs. Dowdy was a member of the Risen Church in Dexter, was a volunteer at the O.A.K.S. Senior Center, was a former employee of Elders Manufacturing, a former custodian at the First Baptist Church in Dexter and a resident of Dexter.
She was united in marriage to Wendall Dowdy on Nov. 29, 1952 in Piggott, Ark. Mr. Dowdy preceded her in death on April 7, 2008.
She is survived by two sons, Larry Lee Dowdy of Fulton and Jimmy Glen Dowdy and wife Carla of Dexter; one daughter, Kathy Jean Roberts and husband Michael of Evansville, Ind.; one sister, Joann Patterson of Columbia; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one sister, Shirley Simpson.
Visitation will be held at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, May 27, 2011.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 28, 2011 in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel with Rev. Joshua Carpenter officiating. Interment will follow in the Dexter Cemetery.