Dove-Witt Family Mortuary

6630 S. US Hwy 85/87, Fountain, CO


Carmen M. McDowell

March 28, 1945January 31, 2020

Carmen M. McDowell (74), surrounded by her family, passed away peacefully on Friday January 31st, 2020 at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs. She was born Carmen Carbajal on March 28th 1945 in Grand Junction to Pilar “Pete” and Juanita “Jenny” Carbajal. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Larry McDowell and her four children: Claud McDowell, Donna Scherer (Jim), Alexandra Ale’ Kerekes (Brian) and Larry “Mac” McDowell (Katie) and 13 grandchildren.

While running a household and raising four children, Carmen also took pleasure in her and Larry’s work in the church, crocheting blankets for friends and family, playing the piano and enjoying the arts. She was especially proud of her “do it herself” work around the house and cabin. From staining decks, fixing doors, to drywall install/repair, she could do it all and took great satisfaction from a job well done.

Family was the center-point of Carmen’s ethos and her dedication to her children were only matched by the love and devotion for her grandchildren (John, Kiarra, Joe, Pete, Katie, Kathleen, Morgan, Larry, Rylee, Jacksy, McKenna, Peyton, Quinn). They would have a “Grand’s week” gathering every year and her and Larry would travel up and down I-25 to see graduations, concerts, recitals, choir concerts, games, etc.. No function was too small for Carmen to miss watching her grandchildren shine.

Carmen loved going to the family cabin during the summer and particularly enjoyed the yearly Memorial/Labor Day gatherings with friends and family. Carmen also enjoyed her weekly visits to Cripple Creek with Larry. There, they would have a nice dinner, she would play video poker and her “Monkeys.” During those trips, Carmen would take time to get to know the employees of the casino and forged many long-lasting friendships; some that spans over decades. Her Cripple Creek family had a very special place in Carmen’s heart.

In lieu of flowers, Carmen’s family asks that you donate to one of the three causes below that were dear to her heart. Services will be held at Dove-Witt Family Mortuary Saturday, February 15th at 11:00 a.m. A reception will immediately follow the service with food and drink provided.


  • Pilar "Pete" Carbajal, Father (deceased)
  • Juanita "Jenny" Carbajal, Mother
  • Larry McDowell, Husband
  • Claud McDowell, Son
  • Donna Scherer (Jim), Daughter
  • Alexandra Ale' Kerekes (Brian), Daughter
  • Larry"Mac" McDowell (Katie), Son
  • Carmen is also survivd by 13 grandchildren.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 15, 2020


Carmen M. McDowell

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Meredeth McDowell Iversen

February 15, 2020

❤️ When my battle is too great to push through, I’m reminded that I should push further. Thank you for your encouragement and strength. Your words remind me to try harder. ❤️ We will miss you and your “hug hugs”. Thank you for welcoming us to your family.

Michelle Vance

February 15, 2020

I love her and will miss her and I pray for you and your family at this difficult time. I'll always remember the smile on her face, the caring in her eyes, the love she shared openly and genuinely ,her unmatched hospitality and giving hands. I loved our one on one conversations. I admired so much about her and treasure always the friendship we shared.

Connie Dalrymple

February 12, 2020

To the Larry J McDowell family:
We send our love and sincere condolences for the loss of your beloved wife, mother and grandmother. You are all in our prayers during this difficult time. Please know we share in your grief at the loss of my sister and Aunt.

Ron, Connie Dalrymple and family

HuskersFor Carmen

February 12, 2020

Much Love 💕 💕 Aunt Carmen. You are missed. Watch over us.