Ela Jo Macdowell

November 11, 1930April 14, 2014

Ela Macdowell, 83, of Dallas passed away on Monday, April 14, 2014 at Methodist Hospital in Richardson, TX. She will always be remembered for her extraordinary dedication to her family, friends, work and church. Ela was born in Port Arthur, Texas on November 11, 1930 to Thomas Cicero and Rudolph Gary Barlow. She moved to Dallas with her husband and three sons in the early 1960s, where she had her fourth son, and left her inimitable mark on countless people and places over the course of a varied service career in law, politics, and religious education. She set the bar for smart, loyal and fierce Executive Assistants before the phrase even came into vogue. She was a gifted editor of letters, articles and books, and she owned and operated health food stores at NorthPark and Wynnwood Village Shopping Centers. Her final work, other than volunteer, was with Dallas Theological Seminary, where she served three legendary and appreciative presidents, Dr. Walvoord, Dr. Campbell, and Dr. Swindoll. Ela loved to laugh, loved games, loved organizing things, loved giving gifts and so dearly loved the Lord. And all who knew her even a little knew how deeply she loved and doted on her sons and their families. Survivors include her sons, Jack Lee Macdowell and his wife Michelle, his son Jack Jr. and step-granddaughter Venessa, Gordon Kendrick Macdowell II and his son Daniel, Thomas Lawrence Macdowell and his sons Derek and Kyle, and David Barlow Macdowell and his wife Letitia and their children, Katelyn, Austin and Lauren. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Redeemer Bible Church, 721 Easton Road, Dallas, TX 75218. Instead of flowers, Memorials may be made to Redeemer Bible Church. Online condolences can be made at


  • Memorial Service Saturday, April 19, 2014

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Myrta Gonzalez-Gomez

April 18, 2014

I had the privilege of meeting Ms. Ela at The Plaza of Richardson where my mother is a resident. She was a joy to be around, a lovely lady who always had a smile. I will miss her very much. Her children were her pride. My sincere condolecenses to all of her relatives. She is now resting in peace with Our Lord.

Mollie Garitty

April 18, 2014

It was my honor to share almost 40 years of friendship with Ela MacDowell. During this time I watched as her devotion to God only grew and was evident in her words and actions. Ela deeply loved her sons and liked sharing their joys and successes with me. She is irreplaceable and I will miss her greatly.
Mollie Garitty

Dorothy Langley

April 18, 2014

Ela was a wonderful Christian woman. She was so proud of her boys and loved them so much.

She will be missed

Jo Gosa

April 18, 2014

It seems like the end of an era. I can't imagine not having Ela here on this earth. But she was in this world but was not of this world. She was a woman of great faith. She was also a teacher of the Word. She taught so many "Pioneer Girls" on Wednesday evenings at Scofield Church. I know she is in the presence of The Lord and she is happy.

I will miss her.

Sue Tripp

April 17, 2014

She was a very special lady and I am privileged to know her and to share grandsons with her. Her unfailing faith and love of the Lord was a constant example to all of us.