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Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home

120 West Mill Street, Ossian, IN

OBITUARY

Arleta Jean Dowty

July 3, 1931December 18, 2019
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Arleta Jean Dowty, 88, of Bluffton and formerly of Ossian left this life on Wednesday, December 18, 2019. Jean was born in Elkhart County on July 3, 1931, the daughter of Noah and Anna (Chokey) Moneyheffer. She graduated from New Paris High School in 1949, and married her high school sweetheart, Vernon Dowty, June 6, 1953. They had been married 64 years when he died in November 2017. At the time of her death, Jean resided at River Terrace Retirement Community. Although she was primarily a homemaker, earlier in life Jean also did laundry for medical offices, made custom draperies and did housecleaning. Later, Jean enjoyed going to garage sales and doing crafts of many kinds, especially quilting and crocheting. With her husband, Jean enjoyed camping and playing cards in groups. She was the church cook for many years at Grace Baptist Church in Bluffton where she had been a member for more than 30 years. Jean is survived by her son, Bill (Phyllis) of Ossian. She has one grandson, Samuel (Cassie) and three great grandchildren, Grayson, Raelynne and Lyla, all of Ossian. She has one sister, Bonnie (Bob) Culp of Goshen and many nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Harold Moneyheffer. Funeral service will be 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home, 120 West Mill St., Ossian with visitation beginning at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Oak Lawn Cemetery, Ossian. Memorials may be made to Grace Baptist Church, Bluffton.

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  • Grace Baptist Church

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, December 21, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 21, 2019
  • Final Resting Place: Oaklawn Cemetery Saturday, December 21, 2019

Memories

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Barry Crosbie

December 24, 2019

Dear Bill and Phyllis so very Sorry to hear about Mom she was such a beautiful Soul inside and out! We Loved her very much! Heaven has gained a Angel! We will
miss her dearly! Our Prayers are with u all! 🙏God Bless your Family at this time in your Lives! Love, Barry and JoEllen! ❤️

Teri Kuhlenbeck

December 20, 2019

She was and will always be grandma Dowty to my kids! Also one of the best cooks ever! We loved her so much! What a Christmas she will have this year! She'll be with that great bear hugger Vern and our Lord and savior!

Stephanie Miller Beck

December 19, 2019

I was about 7 years old and my favorite doll, Betsie Wetsie, disappeared. I looked high and low for her and I questioned my mom, my siblings and my dad, but no one knew about her. At Christmas she reappeared with some new clothes. Mom confessed that Jean had taken my doll and made her some clothes. I still have the doll and the clothes. This and many other memories of our family and Jean were made with this special lady.

Rosemary Miller

December 19, 2019

Jean and I graduated from New Paris High School and we knew each other when we were students there. I moved to Ossian in the late 50's and was so happy when Vernon and Jean moved to Ossian. She shared with me that Jean was her middle name but it took a lot of asking until she said her given name. Jean and Bill came over to our house a couple of mornings each week. We drank buckets of coffee, discussed news from New Paris, and had Bill play toys with my children. I always looked forward to her visits and she was one of my special friends. I visited her a couple of weeks ago. I will miss her.

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