Mary Melvalou (Dawson) Dowdy, 69, of Paragould died Friday, March 16, 2007, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. She was employed by CRDC/Head Start and was a member of Seventh & Mueller Church of Christ.
She was born Sept. 22, 1937, the daughter of the late Arthur and Hester (Taylor) Dawson. She is also preceded in death by a brother, Orbie Dawson; and foster brother, Charles Alfred Tracer.
She is survived by daughters, Deborah Olive of Leachville and Kathy Moore of Paragould; sons, David Dowdy of Paragould and Paul Dowdy of Little Rock; sister, Myrtle Utley of Paragould; brother, John Dawson of Paragould; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. today (Tuesday) with Larry McFadden officiating. Interment will follow in Greene County Memorial Gardens at Paragould.
The family requests anyone wishing to leave a lasting memorial consider the Children's Home of Paragould.