Swan Funeral Home


Yolande M McDowell

October 7, 1927December 31, 2016

Yolande Domville Mascia McDowell, from Madison, CT, passed away on December 31st at the age of 89 at The Hearth, a retirement home in Madison, CT. Yolanda, as she preferred to be addressed in her later years, was predeceased by her former husband, James Hugh McDowell, in 1964 and subsequently assumed the role of family matriarch raising their five children in South Norwalk, CT while pursuing a 30 year career in real estate. Yolanda is survived by all five children: Allie Kubler of North Branford, CT and Tenants Harbor, Maine; Cookie Spears of Hopewell, NJ and Naples FL; Jamie McDowell of Wilton CT; Tony McDowell of Westport, CT; and Sandra Davis of Madison. She also adored her fourteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Yolanda lived her retirement years as a resident of Legend Hill in Madison and later at the Hearth. Throughout her life she was an avid reader of history, an engaging conversationalist, and a lively dinner partner who expected the same in return. She leaves a legacy of humor, grace, strength and an unending love of family. Yolanda was born in Washington, DC on October 7th, 1927 daughter of his excellency Luciano Mascia, a career Italian diplomat who later served as ambassador to the United Nations and Cuba, and Anne De Beaujeau Domville of Montreal, Canada. Yolanda was an only child who was raised in Montreal by her grandparents, but enjoyed a lifetime of fun with her first cousin Jim Domville who she affectionately called Beau. Yolanda excelled at school in Montreal, and eventually returned to the United States, graduating from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania in 1948. Having become fluent in four languages, she enjoyed escorting her father to parties and receptions in Cuba, and Washington DC, and traveling to Rome to visit relatives. In 1952, she met Hugh McDowell through mutual friends in New York. Hugh had recently been widowed and was the father of two young girls, Allie and Cookie. Yolanda and Hugh were soon happily married and moved to Wilson Point, South Norwalk, CT where their family grew to five children. Yolande started her real estate career in the early 1970’s eventually opening her own office, Shore & Country Realty, in Darien CT. A life-long skier, she also built a family house in Windham, Vermont enjoying many weekends and vacations with family and friends all around her. Her love of painting and her growing family was the source of joy and happiness for the rest of her life. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Rowayton Arts Center or The Madison Arts Society. A private family service in planned for January 5th in Madison CT.


  • Memorial Mass

    Thursday, January 5, 2017


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Christie C

January 5, 2017

Sending our deepest sympathy and condolences to your family. May the God of all comfort strengthen you to cope and endure this difficult time.

January 2, 2017

God Bless you my dear friend .love Mary and family in Scotland.Thoughts and prayers with all the family