Lila Marion McDowell

Lila (Mac) Marion McDowell of Shady Cove, passed away Jan. 20, 2011. Born Feb. 16, 1920 to Walter and Elva Elliott in Rio Grande County, Colorado, the third of eight siblings. The family moved to Mosca, Colorado where she obtained her first 12 years of schooling, graduating from Mosco High in 1938. She graduated from Minnequa School of Nursing in Pueblo, Colorado in 1941.

Lila married Frank C. McDowell in 1942. They moved to Oregon, in 1945. She is survived by two sons, Lee E. McDowell of Beaverton, OR and S. Bruce McDowell of McCook, NE, one sister, Bertha I. Meisner of Denver, CO. and one brother, Roy Lee Elliott of Clarkston, WA. She has six  grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.

Preceded in death by parents, her husband and a son G. Larry McDowell, grandson, Braxton Huff, two brothers, Lyle W. Elliott and Kenneth B. Elliott, three sisters, Vera V. Pace, Edith E. Kerperien, and Della A Fairchild.

Lila was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter -day Saints. She was an active member of Oregon Nurses Association District 4 and American Nurses Association. She retired from nursing in 1985 after 45 years. She was a past member of RoxyAnn Gem and Mineral Club and the National Audubon Society. She was a member of Shady Cove Boosters and the Trail Wildflower Association.

Cremation has been accomplished. No memorial service will be held at her request.
I’m Free
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free.
I’m flowing the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call.
I turned my back and left it all.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and peace to thee,
God wanted me now; He set me free.

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