February 23, 1931 – June 28, 2020
WE mourn the passing of our beloved Mother, Wife, Grandmother and Great- Grandmother Barbarah Lee (Barrett) Dowell, February 23, 1931-June 28, 2020 She was the daughter of Nathaniel Lester Barrett and Alberta Zettie (Arnwine) Barrett of White Oak, Texas and is survived by her husband of 71 years, John Paul Dowell, Sr.; her children, John Paul Dowell, Jr., & Fran Dowell and Dana Dowell Pletcher & Thomas Jay Pletcher; her grandchildren, Thomas Jay Pletcher, Jr. and Lacey Dowell Pletcher; and great grandsons, Austin and Alex. Starting her career in education after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, Barbarah was a long time 3rd grade teacher at White Oak School and then following her passion teaching art to over 500 elementary students at Gladewater Public School in her long career. She was recognized for her art ability and shared her talent through her paintings, creating scenery for school plays, and costume design including the parade attire for the Kilgore College Drum Major in 1969 and created the 10 ft. Santa that greeted everyone from the balcony over the front door of the W.O School every Christmas for years. A special thank you to the loving caregivers: Lauren, Hailey, Crystal, Patricia, Jess, and Haven with Elite Private Care. A Celebration of Barbarah’s Life will be 2 pm Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at Lakeview Funeral Home with visitation from 1-2 pm prior to the service. Interment will follow at Dover Cemetery in Lindale.
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July 7, 2020
I was just opening a stubborn jar and remembering Mrs. Dowell teaching us to run hot water on a metal lid to make it expand.
She gave me a “B+“ in art for the first six-weeks in her third grade class; that was the only “B” I ever made in my 13 years at White Oak. She got my attention.
June 30, 2020
Mrs. Dowell was my 6th grade teacher at Gladewater and I will always remember how beautiful and fun she was. My prayers to her family.
laura lea king
June 30, 2020
What a gracious person. Quiet at first and then Barbarah will open up when the the group becomes very small. I connect with that. I will miss her sweet smile! She will be missed on earth but Jesus is greeting her with open arms now!!heaven wins!!- Love, Laura Lea