Pauline McDowell, widow of the late Rev. Kenneth G. McDowell, was born on November 6, 1922 in Boswell, Oklahoma. She died of natural causes on April 21, 2008 in Shreveport and is buried with her husband at Crestview Cemetery in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Mrs. McDowell received a bachelor's and master's degree from Texas Wesleyan College in Ft. Worth, after which she married and began her family and her service to the Louisiana United Methodist Conference.
Her survivors include daughters and sons-in-law Kay Adkins and husband Dean of Shreveport; Adonna Schroer and her husband Tony of Flat Rock, North Carolina; Phyllis Griggs and husband Jim of Fayetteville, Arkansas; and son Paul and wife Margaret of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. Her grandchildren are Phillip Adkins and wife Kim of Shreveport; Courtney Adkins and husband Ken Simpson of Austin, Texas; Randy Sowers and wife Liz of Arlington, Virginia; Brad Griggs and wife Megan of Farmington, Arkansas; Bryan Griggs of Fayetteville, Arkansas; and Andrew and Patrick McDowell of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. She had five great-grandchildren.
The McDowells served churches in the Louisiana Conference in Zachary, Many, Vivian, Jennings, West Monroe, Pineville, and Metairie. They last lived together in Lafayette, where Rev. McDowell served as District Superintendant until the time of his death.
Mrs. McDowell later lived in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where she was a member of First United Methodist Church and served as director of the Mother's Day Out program there. Later she moved to Monroe, where she served as an active member and adult Sunday school teacher at Lea Joyner Memorial United Methodist Church.
Mrs. McDowell's family wishes to acknowledge the tremendous love and support of the members of the churches listed above, and in particular, the community of United Methodist ministers and their families. Sincere gratitude and special thanks are offered to Rev. and Mrs. Jimmy Caraway, Rev. and Mrs. Dave Fortuna, Rev. Weldon Barres, Rev. Beth Tu'uta, and Rev. and Mrs. Ed Boyd.
|Source: 2008 Louisiana Annual Conference Journal|