Kathleen McDowell


January 17, 2018

July 9, 1945 – Jan. 5, 2018

Kathleen Olga McDowell, 72, of Sweet Home died Jan. 4, 2018.

She was born July 9, 1945 in Broadus, Mont. to Frederick John and Olga Klara (Gali) Markert. 

She lived in Montana, Pennsylvania, Las Vegas, Nev., California and Oregon. She married Harold Wilson McDowell on July 18, 1964 in Scio and they lived on base at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, Calif. They finally settled in Oregon in 1977.  

Mrs. McDowell worked in nursing homes in Pennsylvania, California and Oregon. She retired from Twin Oaks Care Center after 30 years. She was involved with Awana at the First Baptist Church in Brownsville for several years. She also enjoyed her time in the nursery. After retiring she spent time helping care for her sister-in-law Nellie Markert until her passing, as well as caring for her mother until she passed at the age of 100 in September. 

Mrs. McDowell enjoyed the time she spent caring for and babysitting her grandchildren. She supported many and enjoyed helping anyone with their recovery from addiction, taking them to their classes, group meeting and interviews to get into Oxford Houses.

She cared for everyone with an open heart. She had a big heart when it came to helping people. It always made her feel good. 

Mrs. McDowell is survived by her husband, Harold "Butch" McDowell of Sweet Home; children Donna McDowell of Lebanon, David McDowell, Brian McDowell and his fiancee, Alicia Moyer, all of Sweet Home; brothers John, Bill and Fred Markert and their families, all of Sweet Home, and Tony Markert of Hillsboro; mother-in-law Rosella Koehler of Fillmore, Calif .; sisters-in-law Louise McDowell of Utah and Janet Van Dersys of California; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her mother, Olga Markert; and father Frederick Markert.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at First Baptist Church, 27910 Seven Mile Lane, Brownsville.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.


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