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Nora W. Dowd (1919 - 2012)

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Nora W. Dowd

Nora W. Dowd, 93, of Salinas, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, November 12, 2012. She was born February 3, 1919 in Drogheda, Ireland, to Eugene and Elizabeth Walsh.

She had a younger brother, Owen Walsh. Her mother died at a young age in Ireland and Nora, her father and brother, moved to New York in September 1927.

She lived and attended schools in New York in her early years and resided in Bronx, New York in the 1930s. Her love of baseball started here. In 1939, the World's Fair was in New York and Nora was working at the fair and her claim to fame was winning the 'jitterbug' contest, with the trophy to prove it! However, her best experience at the fair was meeting her future husband, Thomas P. Dowd. They immediately began dating and were married November 10, 1940. They settled down and then moved to San Francisco in 1941, where Tom continued his service with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. They raised three sons and in 1952, moved the family to Salinas where Nora has lived for the past 60 years.

She was a loving wife and mother who was always active and involved in her boys' school and scouting activities. The family went on bi-annual trips to the East coast to visit Tom's relatives. Also, the family loved going to Disneyland, but camping trips to Yosemite were their favorites.

Later, when her children were grown, she went to Nursing School at Hartnell College and graduated in 1966 as a registered nurse. She went on to work for more than 25 years at Natividad Medical Center and was a longtime volunteer and member of the Board of Salinas Valley Hospice. She retired in 1991 and continued her love of traveling with many trips with family and friends across the globe. She kept up her active life with her love of dancing, exercising, gardening, reading, watching S.F. Giants games on TV and was an avid daily walker.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Church, where she was active for many years in running the food program at Dorothy's Kitchen. In addition to being an active volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, she was a volunteer in many organizations which benefitted those children and families in the area who needed it most. This began when her boys were young and the family project each year at Christmastime was the building, painting and furnishing of a dollhouse for a very lucky and thankful little girl and her family. The boys would deliver the dollhouse each year.

Nora continued to live an independent active life in her family home with many visits from her children and grandchildren, family and friends through her eighties. She loved entertaining in her home with delicious food and fun decorations on the table, especially on St. Patrick's Day. Over the last few years she enjoyed living at Villa Serra with very caring assistance and at Faithful Home Care with continued care and friendship.

The family would like to thank all of Nora's caregivers for their loving friendly care and assistance. A very special thanks to Marilyn Stream and Anita Vargas who were true friends and deliverers of all of Nora's favorite things. Also, thank you to Heartland Hospice of Monterey for their care and assistance.

Nora was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Thomas P. Dowd; her brother, Owen Walsh, and many dear friends.

She is survived by her sons: Edward M. Dowd and life companion, Ms. Terri Eckert of San Francisco, Thomas M. Dowd and wife Joanne (Josie) of Alamo, and James P. Dowd and wife Christi of Richmond, VA.; her grandchildren and spouses: Brian and Amber Dowd, Bridget and Ryan Banta, Dan and Jaclyn Dowd; grandson: Michael Dowd; great-grandchildren: Timothy and Caelyn Dowd; William, Annabel and Coleson Banta; and Rebekah and Kira Dowd; Walsh family niece and nephews, as well as many beloved cousins.

Private family services were held. Burial was held at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Church, 22 Stone St., Salinas, CA 93901; Doctors Without Borders USA, P.O. Box 5030, Hagarstown, MD 21741; or the donors favorite charity.

Arrangements by the Struve and Laporte Funeral Home. Online condolences to www.struveandlaporte.com

Published in The Salinas Californian from Nov. 16 to Nov. 19, 2012
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