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Margaret Marie McDowell, 86

Margaret Marie McDowell, 86, of Lafayette, passed away at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, October 8, 2012, at Cumberland Point. Born February 24, 1926, in Gosport, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Hattie (Chamberlain) Vanderkolk. Margaret resided in Clarks Hill before coming to Lafayette in 1958.

Her marriage was to Kenneth Lee McDowell and he preceded her in death on December 20, 1985. Margaret was a department manager for the Lafayette J.C. Penney store for 26 years.

Surviving is her son Kenneth L. McDowell (wife, Linda) of Mission Viejo, Calif; her daughter Janet McDowell of Westfield; and her brother, Tom Vanderkolk (wife, Louise) of Brookston. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Jennifer McDowell, of San Francisco, and Kimberly McDowell Schorr (husband, Justin), of Antioch, Calif.; two great-grandchildren, Morgan Grace and Eliza Rose Schorr; and step grandchildren, Franklin Mathews, of West Lafayette, and Sarah and Emily Mathews, of New Albany. Margaret was preceded in death by two sisters, Alice Knoy-Linder and Joan Orr-Alkire; and a brother Charles Vanderkolk.

A memorial gathering will be held on Sunday, October 14, 2012, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Mike Aulby's Arrowhead Bowl, 2331 Brothers Dr., Lafayette, IN, east entrance. The family would like to invite you to bring a written memory of Margaret. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Orphanage and Shrine of the Mountains, P.O. Box 267, Yarnell, AZ 85362. Hippensteel Funeral Home entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at

Published in the Journal & Courier from Oct. 9 to Oct. 10, 2012
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