CRYSTAL LAKE – It is with great sorrow that we say goodbye to Diane "Dee" Stowell. She passed away Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at the age of 69 years at her home in Crystal Lake.
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Diane was born June 23, 1943, and raised in Iowa City, Iowa. She graduated from Iowa City High School in 1961 and received her Bachelor of Arts degree and certificate of Dental Hygiene from the University of Iowa in 1965. Two weeks later, she married the love of her life, James K. Stowell of Elgin. They spent two years in Akron, Ohio, and 10 years in Decatur, before settling in Crystal Lake in 1978.
Diane then spent four years working as a Learning Center Aide at North Elementary School before returning to the dental field as a hygienist. During that period, she worked for several Crystal Lake dentists. In 1994, she switched from the dental field to the medical field and worked as a medical receptionist for Crystal Lake Orthopedics and Sports Medicine until her retirement in 2004. After retirement, she volunteered at Centegra Hospital – McHenry for many years until her cancer diagnosis.
She often said her sons were her greatest achievements in life, and her pride and love for them will live on in Dr. James B. Stowell of Lakeville, Minn., and Dr. Jeffrey K. Stowell of Wingdale, N.Y. Her love and devotion to her six grandchildren always were her priority. Alexandra, Jonathan and Jacob Stowell of Minnesota and Casey, Kaylee and Megan Stowell of New York were always most important in her life.
Diane was a member of First Congregational Church of Crystal Lake, Woman's Fellowship, and served as a Stephen Minister. She also was a member of the Second Thursday Book Review Club. She enjoyed Bunko nights, Red Hat activities and birthday luncheons. She loved the sunshine, bike rides on Perico Island, Fla., and, most of all, long walks on her favorite Anna Marie Island, Fla., beach.
Diane will be remembered most as a loving wife, devoted mother, proud grandmother and loyal friend.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, David; and sisters, Joan and Jane.
She is survived by her husband, Jim; two sons, James and Jeffrey; six grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews all over the country.
The visitation and memorial service are pending at First Congregational Church, 461 Pierson St., Crystal Lake.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be made to First Congregational Church, 461 Pierson St., Crystal Lake, IL 60014-5772, or to Hospice Foundation of Northeastern Illinois, 405 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington, IL 60010-3141.
Davenport Family Funeral Home assisted with the arrangements. Send online condolences to Diane's family at www.davenportfamily.com.
Published in the Northwest Herald on January 17, 2013