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Lois E. Dowden


Lois E. Dowden, 95, of West Liberty, passed away Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at the Sterling House in Urbana.

She was born in Huntsville on Feb. 9, 1917, to the late Harold and Mabel Fullerton Lease.

On Feb. 9, 1938, she married A. Leslie Dowden in Bellefontaine and he preceded her in death April 18, 2001. She also was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Lease; and a sister, Miriam Creek.

Surviving are her children, Harold (Nancy) Dowden of West Liberty and Phyllis (Harold) Gross of Urbana; grandchildren, Mark (Lori) Dowden of West Liberty, Malinda (Ronald) Buchenroth of Bellefontaine, Shelia Dowden of Columbus and Christina (James) Bramlage of Bellefontaine; seven great-grandchildren, Kelsi, Karli and William Dowden, Allison and Levi Buchenroth, and Catherine and Elizabeth Bramlage; and four nephews.

Lois was a homemaker and farmer’s wife, as well as a longtime member of the West Liberty United Methodist Church, where she was the financial secretary for almost 50 years. She also was a member of the Urbana Senior Citizens and the Liberty Extension Club.

Lois made her own clothing and as well as her husband’s. She enjoyed knitting and had knitted more than 15 sweaters and had given them to Guideposts magazine for its Knit for Kids program. She also enjoyed tole painting, as well as painting ceramics and porcelain.

Pastor Lee Ortman officiates a funeral at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Kauffman-Eichholtz Funeral Home, West Liberty, where friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. Burial is in Highland Memorial Cemetery, West Liberty.

Memorial contributions may be made to the West Liberty United Methodist Church, 202 W. Newell St., West Liberty 43357.

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