Viola Mae McDowell

December 13, 1920June 19, 2014
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Viola Mae McDowell was born to Orbie and Mattie Browning on December 13, 1920 in Lincoln County, OK and passed away peacefully on June 19, 2014 in Hughson, CA at the age of 93. As a Merced resident for more than 60 years, she attended services at her home churches for most of her life where she served from teaching Sunday School to baking homemade goodies. She loved gardening, sewing, and being a mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Her strengthening presence will be missed and remembered. Viola was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Marvin Lewis McDowell; son, Robert Lee McDowell and daughter-in-law, Sharon McDowell. She is survived by her son, William (Deborah) McDowell; granddaughter, Sharene (Patrick) Spielman; grandson, Dale McDowell; and great granddaughters, Sharise (Brady) Amaral, Lacy Mae McDowell, Jessica and Anna Farnsworth. A Life Celebration will be held at Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home, 1490 B St., Merced, CA on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 10:00am with interment to follow at Evergreen Memorial Park. For we know 1 Thes. 4:16-17 “For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.” Our hope, our future is in Christ Jesus, now and forevermore. Arrangements under the direction of Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home, Merced, CA.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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Jessie & Imelda Sanchez

June 26, 2014

We were so sad to hear of the loss of Mrs.Viola.She was a wonderful person.It was a honor knowing her.She will be missed.

June 25, 2014

We are blessed because we got to know her and spend time with her. She had a wonderful smile and a grace about her. You could see Our Lord's work and feel his presence when she spoke.

Your family is in our thoughts and in our prayers,
Mr & Mrs Daniel Amaral

Evon Grabar

June 25, 2014

Our family is saddened to hear the news of Viola's passing. What a joy and a pleasure it was to have the honor of knowing her. She will be missed. Love to your family; Evon and David Grabar, Syble and Orville Arms, Larry Arms, and Dawn and Chuck Stephenson.

Melissa Simons

June 25, 2014

She was an amazing women. She always made me giggle. She will be missed. Loved her. My thoughts and prayers to the family.

June 25, 2014

Prayers are with you Love the Poe family

Raymon Gregston

June 25, 2014

Our condolences to the family but there is a great homecoming in Heaven. Brother and Sister McDowell were two wonderful Christians and now together again with Jesus.

Dorothy McCulloch

June 24, 2014

To the family I will miss this wonderful Lady. Always a smile and the Love of the Lord on her face Love you all

June 24, 2014

I was so sad to hear about Aunt Viola. She was truly a remarkable person. Always a smile and always so kind. I know she will be missed by so many but I know her reunion with Uncle Marvin was the best thing ever. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you Bill, Debbie, Dale and Sharene.
Love, Kathy Heafner Bilbrey

Stratford Evans Funeral Chapel

June 24, 2014

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.