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Dorothy Lee MacDowell "Kelly" Wood

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HENDERSONVILLE-Dorothy Lee (Kelly) MacDowell Wood, age 95, died in Hendersonville, NC on Oct. 9, 2013. Born in Monticello, GA in 1917 to Harrison Barron and Gladys Lee Kelly, in 1925 the family moved to Hendersonville.
Mrs. Wood attended Rosa Edward and graduated from Hendersonville High School in 1934. She attended Agnes Scott College for two years before transferring to UNC- Chapel Hill where she graduated in 1938 with a BA in English. She was a member of Chi Omega sorority and president of her dorm.
In 1939 she married McNeely DuBose MacDowell, son of John William and Rainsford DuBose MacDowell of Gaffney, SC in the First United Methodist Church in Hendersonville. They lived in Alexandria, before and after his service in the Navy, and for short times in Arden, NC and Loafer's Glory, NC before moving back to Hendersonville in 1948.
While in Hendersonville, she was president of the Junior Welfare Club, a member of the Hendersonville Country Club and an avid golfer, a member of the Cotillion Club, taught at the Methodist Church Kindergarten for several years, was president of the Henderson Country Girl Scouts, president of St. James' Episcopal Ladies Society and an active member in the church.
In 1962 Mr. MacDowell, who was with Kimberly-Clark Corp., was transferred to New Milford, CT. They lived there for five years before moving to Aiken, SC in 1967 where she became interested in Aiken and SC history. She was honored by the SC Legislature for "distinguished service to Aiken Country and the state as an author, dramatist and community leader". She was the first woman in the country to be so honored. Her play "Drums Along the Savannah" was produced during SC's Tercentennial. She wrote for the Aiken Stand newspaper, The Sandlapper, and South Carolina Magazine. Mrs. Wood was president of the Aiken Country Historical Society, member of the South Carolina Historical Society, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Huguenot Society of SC, served on the Aiken Country Historical Commission and was a member of the Executive Council of "Friends of Hopelands". She was active in St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church.
Mr. MacDowell died in 1976 and she married Henry Charles Wood of Aiken in 1979. They moved to Hendersonville in 1984. Here she was a volunteer with the Red Cross, Reading for the Blind program, a member of the Second Wind Hall of Fame and a long-time member of the Pardee Hospital Auxiliary. Mrs. Wood was an avid genealogist and complied/authored and published 20 book, including genealogies of the DuBose, MacDowell and Kelly families.
An avid traveler, Mrs. Wood visited all seven continents, travel through Jordan in a jeep, spent two weeks in yurts in Mongolia and had an adventurous spirit.
Survivors are her daughters Dedee Bowers and her husband Bruce Bowers of Dedham, MA, their sons Jason and his wife Nicole Kleman, and John and his wife Stephanie Holbrook, their daughters Graham and Sumner Bowers. Marion Nowroozi and her husband Dr. Kosrow Nowroozi of Huntingdon Valley, PA and their sons, Rasteen and his wife Brynne, their son Calen and twin daughters Taige and Ellie Nowroozi; Ramin and his wife Natalie and their daughter, Mina Nowroozi; Kamran Nowroozi and their daughter, Parisa Nowroozi. She is also survived by stepsons Charles Wood and his wife Norma and Robert Wood and his wife Nancy and their families. Also surviving are her sister, Martha Gary of August, GA and brother-in-law Marion MacDowell of Charlotte and many nieces and nephews and her dear friend and companion of many years Ralph L. (Bill) Gaffney and his family.
She was preceded in death by her husbands McNeely DuBose MacDowell and Henry Wood, her sister Carolyn Kelly Brown and husband John J. Brown, her sister and brother-in-law Rainsford and Bertram Dedman, John Hall, Albert Gary, Vinson and Frances MacDowell, Charles Swygert, Dr. Robert McElveen and Margaret McElveen and Pauline MacDowell.
Friends and family are invited to celebrate her life, Sunday, Oct. 13th at 3:00 PM at Lake Pointe Landing, 333 Thompson Street, Hendersonville. The family requests no flowers or donations.
An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Times-News on Oct. 11, 2013
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