Donna McDowell Co-Owned and Operated Bob's Gun Shop McKean â€" Donna McDowell, has gone peacefully to be with her heavenly father on Thursday, December 11, 2008, while in the presence of her beloved family. While fighting a determined battle with lung cancer and on the road to recovery, she passed on from a complication of chemo therapy. Known for her wonderful Christian spirit and love of Christ she will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Donna was a graduate of the Edinboro Normal School, lived in several different states, and visited several foreign countries, held several different varied jobs in her career. Donna and her husband ventured to start their own business in 1976, working together daily to build what is now the oldest single family owned gunshop in Erie County. An accomplishment that made her very proud. She attended First Alliance Church on a regular basis and was a born again Christian since the age of 12. She has always upheld the Lord, adamantly proclaiming his goodness and glory to all people she ever met and giving all the glory of their success to the Lord. She was always quick to smile that ever present smile and say a kind word to all. She was preceded in death by two brothers, James and Donald Bowers, and a sister Shirley Bowers Jostes. Survivors include her beloved husband of over 30 years, C. Robert McDowell; their son Todd Mosier; their two daughters, Renee Wertjes and Michelle McDowell; five grandchildren Nate Mosier, Tiffany Atman (their favorite granddaughter) and her husband David, Jeremy and Zachary Wertjes and Matthew Williams; one great grand son, Landon Atman; five brothers, Jack D. Bowers of California; William Bowers and his wife Nancy of Waterford; Richard L. Bowers and his wife Christine of Virginia; Edward Bowers and his wife Chrissy of Waterford; and Fred Bowers and his wife Susan of Edinboro; four sisters, Betty Wagner and her husband Bill of Edinboro; Jane Landers and her husband Don of Cambridge Springs; Judy Cummings and her husband Paul of Edinboro; and Peggy Bowers of Philadelphia. Friends may call at the Glunt Funeral Home, 210 Erie Street, Edinboro, on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. A service will be held at the First Alliance Church, 2939 Zimmerly Rd, Erie, at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Rick Crocker officiating. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to John Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation, 915 State Street, Erie, PA 16501. To send condolences please visit www.gluntfuneralhome.com. Sign the guestbook at www.GoErie.com/obits.
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Published in the Erie Times-News on Dec. 13, 2008