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LILLIAN 'LIL' McDOWELL

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LILLIAN 'LIL' McDOWELL

Lillian "Lil" M. McDowell, 90, of Park Rapids, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 at Heritage Living Center in Park Rapids.

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Lillian M. George was born July 10, 1923 in Gays Mills, Wis. to Harris and Dorothy (Turk) George. She attended school in Soldiers Grove, Wis.

On May 22, 1941 she was united in marriage to Donald "Mac" R. McDowell in Mount Sterling, Wis. They lived in Decorah, Iowa where Mac attended Luther College. From there they moved to Park Rapids in 1948 and Mac taught at Park Rapids High School.

Lil was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church for sixty years. She was a member of Headwaters Country Club, the Senior Citizens Center and many bridge clubs. She also was a lifetime member of The American Legion Auxiliary.

Lil worked at Wilson's, later to be Marty's clothing store; many of her colleagues and customers became life-long friends. She enjoyed reading, in her later years using books on tape from the library. Her greatest joy was her grandchildren, Jody, Betsy, Kris-Jon, Jug, Tom, Lisa, Bob, Jessica, Molly, Kyle, Daniel, Mac Hunter and Michael. She especially liked following her children and grandchildren in their sporting activities.

Lil was a compassionate friend to many. As her son Mac struggled through cancer she cared for him with tireless devotion.

She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Mac, from Park Rapids; three daughters, Judy (Gary) Thisius of Shoreview, Nancy McDowell of Park Rapids and Mary (Jerry) Benham of Park Rapids; one son, Mike (Linda) McDowell of Park Rapids; daughter-in-law, Susie McDowell (Randy) of Moorhead; brother, Bob (Patty) George of Patch Grove, Wis.; sister-in-law, Betsy McDowell of Bemidji; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, nephew, and her beloved son, Mac.

The family wishes to thank the many people who helped mother in the later years, bridge players; Park Rapids Library and all the people who gave her rides and to those who stopped by to visit her.

The family suggests memorials may be given to Calvary Lutheran Church Pastor Discretionary Fund, the Park Rapids Library or the Park Rapids Senior Citizens Center.

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