Nancy Dennis Dowling
September 16, 1934 – May 11, 2019
CHAPIN – Nancy Dennis Dowling, beloved wife of the late Reverend John Havener Dowling, went to join her heavenly father on Saturday, May 11, 2019. She was born September 16, 1934, to the late John Clifton (JC) Dennis and Edith Martin Dennis. She was the second of their three children and was raised and resided in the Columbia area for most of her life.
She attended Dreher High School, married and started her family prior to returning to school to receive her Bachelors Degree and Masters of Education at the University of South Carolina. She was an avid Carolina Gamecock fan. Teaching at Chapin High School for 25 years, she taught a large number of young adults the mystery of typing, shorthand, computer and business education. By returning to her education after her daughters started elementary school, she also taught her daughters the importance of education for the future.
Surviving are her daughters: Cynthia (Dr. Steven) Skinner, Greenwood SC; Dianne (Kenneth) Slotnick, Port St. Lucie, FL; Judith (Michael) Platt, Chapin SC. Her grandchildren: Joshua (Mary Kate) Skinner, Benjamin (Lauren) Skinner, Cassandra (Jose) Rodriguez Skinner, Samuel Platt, Nicholas (Katie) Platt. Her great-grandchildren: Mary Margaret Skinner, Gabriella Rose Rodriguez Skinner, Rosemary Dula Skinner, Logan Albert Rodriguez Skinner, and Elena Elizabeth Rodriguez Skinner. She is also survived by her sister, Mary Dennis Parker, Columbia SC and her children and grandchildren. Mrs. Dowling was preceded in death by her brother, John Clifton (JC) Dennis, Jr.
Funeral services for Nancy Dennis Dowling will be held at Chapin Baptist Church, where she was a charter member. The service will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2019. The family will greet family and friends at the church following the service. Burial will be at Crescent Hill cemetery in Columbia at 10:00 a.m. that morning for family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Chapin Baptist Church, Chapin, SC. The family extends a heartfelt thanks to the staff of NHC Healthcare, Greenwood for their excellent care during her brief illness.
- Funeral Service Friday, May 17, 2019
- Visitation Friday, May 17, 2019
Nancy Dennis Dowling
May 14, 2019
To all the family, I am so sorry for your loss. I know you will miss her greatly. I have always thought Mrs. Dowling was a kind and gracious woman. She always had something positive to say. I have looked at all the pictures. She was beautiful in all of them, and her great grandchildren look a lot like her. Love you all!
May 13, 2019
To the entire family,
I am sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed Mrs. Dowling's company. She was a nice and hospitable lady. I always thought that she had very lovely grandchildren and great grandchildren. I am sure it is a comfort knowing that a little part of her is still with you in them. My thoughts and prayers are with you guys.
I do have a memory to share of her that left a lasting impact on me. One day years ago while we were visiting, there was a fire down the street from where Steve and Cindy once lived in Columbia. The woman, I am sure she was a stranger, whose home had just burned was weeping in the street. Mrs. Dowling walked over to her, comforted her, and slipped money in the woman's hands. I don't think she knew that I saw what she did, but it left an impression on me. She saw a need and she quietly met it. I think that speaks to the character of Mrs. Dowling.
May 13, 2019
Dear Judy, Mike, Nick, Cindy, Dr. Steve, & family,
Extending deepest heartfelt sympathy & lifting all of you in prayer as we grieve the loss of your loved one. She touched many of our hearts while here @ NHC & we send you LOVE! May God provide strength & comfort as you cherish your precious memories. She will be missed & remembered fondly by 3rd shift staff of station 3... Sincerely, Jennifer, DeAnna, Michelle, Tracey, Priska, Tiffany, & Debbie