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Mary Martha (Raisch) Dowson

May 9, 1922December 29, 2019

Mary Martha Raisch Dowson, 97, passed away Sunday, December 29, 2019 at the Bethany Retirement Village in Dayton, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her husband, The Rev. Marvin E. Dowson, parents Clarence Benjamin Harrison and Goldie Zena Todt Raisch, brothers and sisters: Ezra and Mildred Raisch, David and Magdalene Raisch and brother-in-law Charles Bowermaster, Ruth Raisch and Jack Lashbrook and brother-in-law, J.R. Mitchell, Esther Raisch and Orville Yates, John and June Raisch, and Williard and Eva Raisch Werth.

She is survived by sons and daughter-in-law Douglas and Karen Titus Dowson, Milford, Ohio and Dwight Dowson, Dayton, Ohio. She is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Martha Dowson was a graduate of Miamisburg High School, 1940, Peoples Bible College, Colorado Springs, CO, 1949. Martha was married to the Rev. Marvin E. Dowson, 1950 until his death in 1993. She was an LPN and teacher.

With her husband she served as a pastor’s wife in eight churches: 1950-1952, Reed, W. VA., 1952-1957, Toronto Pilgrim Church, Toronto, Canada, 1957-1962, Bethany Methodist Circuit, Bethany, Ohio, 1962-1966, Middleport Heath Methodist Church, Middleport, Ohio, 1966-1978, St. Paris United Methodist Church, St. Paris, Ohio, 1978-1979, Lima First United Methodist Church, Lima, Ohio, 1979-1983, Franklin Ave. United Methodist, Portsmouth, Ohio, 1983-1987, Leipsic United Methodist Church, Leipsic, Ohio. They retired at the West Ohio United Methodist Annual Conference in 1987.

At the age of 65, both Martha and Marvin built most of their own home in Bellbrook, Ohio. She lived there until she became a resident of Bethany Village Retirement Home in 2016. In her years in the parish and at her home she welcomed many with warm hospitality, wonderful care and a vital Christian witness.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday January 4, 2020 at the Gebhardt- Schmidt-Parramore Funeral Home in Miamisburg, Ohio. Services will be conducted by the Rev. Bradford Olson of the Loveland United Methodist Church, Loveland, Ohio. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday. She will be interred next to her husband at the Miami Valley Memorial Gardens.


  • Loveland United Methodist Church for the Costa Rica Mission in Memory of Mary Martha Dowson


  • Gathering of Family & Friends Saturday, January 4, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 4, 2020


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Pat Matthews

January 5, 2020

It was always a joy to bring Mary Martha and her sister, Eva, to Sunday worship services at Bethany. The sisters had an incredible bond and one was lost without the other. When Eva passed away, we all knew Mary Martha would not be with us at Bethany much longer. On the Sundays she did come to service without Eva, she still sang every hymn, word for word, with passion and love for her Lord! My life has been enriched to have known Mary Martha.

Roxanne Shively

January 4, 2020

When I was a child at the St. Paris UMC I remember her every year hosting a Christmas Open House in the parsonage. She spent weeks baking and decorating the most beautiful and tasty Christmas cookies. She was such a lovely person.

Dan Kiger

January 2, 2020

I was a young pastor in Lima 40+ years ago, when Marvin was serving Lima:First. The Dowsons were always so gracious. After long and good lives, now both the Dowsons are feasting at the Heavenly Banquet. Blest be the tie.