Dowzer, Grace (Martin)
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Rochester: Age 96, Died peacefully on July 28, 2014 with family by her side. She is survived by two daughters: Elizabeth (Jack) Schroeder of Rochester; Margaret Dowzer and her partner Myke Johnson, of North Yarmouth, Maine; three grandsons: Nathan (Audrey) Schroeder of Churchville; William (Lenka) Schroeder of CA; Adam Schroeder of CO; three great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her husband Orville L. Dowzer in 1982.
Grace was born September 21, 1917 in Little Rock, Arkansas, the daughter of Grace E. (Miller) Martin, an English teacher, and Arkansas State Senator Alfred Coleman Martin. She received her degree from Arkansas State Teachers College at Conway, AR and taught school before becoming district supervisor of the federal school lunch program based in El Dorado, AR. During World War II, she served 27 months in the US Navy. She became head of the commissary at the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Norman, Oklahoma and was honorably discharged with the rank of Lieutenant (jg) in 1946.
On December 6, 1946, she married Orville ("Dowz") in Little Rock. The couple operated the VC Bar Ranch, a guest and working cattle/sheep ranch in Lake City, CO. She had her first child at the ranch, and her second while living in Turkey, where Dowz had resumed his engineering career. In 1957, the family moved to upstate NY, where she raised her children, volunteered for the Red Cross Bloodmobile, and eventually returned to teaching. In 1975 she retired from the Troy Public Schools, and they lived in Texas for a time. The Dowzers moved to Rochester in 1981 to be near Liz and family. An active member of St Thomas Episcopal Church, Grace participated in Fifth Chapter Women's Group, brought communion to homebound parishioners, and served on both the altar guild and the Vestry. She also drove people to medical appointments (FISH). She will be remembered as a wise woman, a thrifty and practical person, with a great sense of humor, who loved her family deeply.
The family would like to thank long-time physician James Budd MD, and the staff of the Episcopal Church Home for their loving care. In lieu of flowers, spend time with an elder.
A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 10 AM at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2000 Highland Ave, Rochester. To share a memory of Grace or send a condolence to the family visit www.anthonychapels.com.
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Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle on Aug. 3, 2014