Janice “Roselle” Dowdy, 64, of Irrigon, a former Baker City resident, died Nov. 5, 2001, at her home with her family at her side.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Mass will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church in Hermiston. Disposition was by cremation.
Mrs. Dowdy was born the third of eight children on Aug. 22, 1937, in Baker City to John Joseph and Edith Maxine McNair. She attended St. Francis Academy in Baker City.
In the summer of 1955, she and Adolph M. Dowdy met at a Grange dance in Haines. They were married on Dec. 31, 1955, at St. Francis Cathedral in Baker City and enjoyed 45 years together.
Throughout their lives, the Dowdys lived in Baker City, Prineville, Parkdale, Tillamook and La Grande. They also spent a short stint at Wicksburg, Ariz., Green Leaf, Idaho, and most recently, the last two years at Irrigon.
In 1987, Mrs. Dowdy decided to get a degree in business, so she returned to Eastern Oregon University at La Grande and diligently worked for her associate degree. At the age of 50 her dream was realized. She had many interests and hobbies: traveling, pottery, oil painting, golf, fishing and occasionally writing a scalding letter to the editor.
She was an intelligent woman with a sharp, dry wit, a loving heart and a great love for her family and friends. She was a member of Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church at Hermiston.
Survivors include her husband, Adolph Dowdy of Irrigon; daughter and son-in-law, Janis and Regan of Tri Cities, Wash.; son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Genevieve Dowdy of Fort Collins, Colo.; brothers and sisters-in-law, David and Farrar McNair of Vandilia, Ill., Mark and Geri McNair of Hood River; brothers, Bill McNair of Portland and Hugh McNair of Baker City; six grandchildren, one great-granddaughter and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Danny McNair; and sisters, Joanne Hughes and Audrey Bradley.
Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church directly or through the Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, P.O. Box 289, Hermiston, OR 97838.
Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, November 9, 2001
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor