Harriett Ann Revere Dowdell (1929-2018) departed this life on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. A native of Dayton, OH, she was the seventh of eight children born to James and Irene Revere. Harriett graduated from Dunbar High School (Dayton), Class of '47. Following graduation, she attended and graduated from Talledega College, Talledega, AL where she pledged Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in 1948, and obtained a B.S. degree in education in 1951. Later in her career, she received her master's degree in education from Indiana University. Soon after graduating from college, Harriett began a long and memorable life in Gary, IN where she met and married her husband of 58 years and father of her three children, James Dowdell, Jr., and enjoyed a long teaching career and life of service to the community and church. Harriett was a faithful member of St. Timothy Community Church and the choir for more than 65 years. She was renowned for her "angel voice". Harriett was also loved by every second-grade student she taught over the course of more than thirty years at Charles R. Drew School. She was a member of Gary Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Gary Arts Council, Gary YWCA Board of Directors; the BP's Couple Club, and the NN's Bridge Club; founder of the Gary Chapter of Tots and Teens, Inc.; and volunteer for Gary Methodist Hospital. Harriett was preceded in death by her parents and siblings. She is survived by her three children, Lillian Dowdell Drakeford, Byron James Dowdell, and Anna-Marie Dowdell Anderson; seven grandchildren, Meghan (Jacarr) McCreary, Naomi and James Drakeford, Alexander and Cortland Anderson, Byron Dowdell II, and Myles Berryhill, and a host of other relatives and friends. Services will be Friday, Nov. 30th at St. Timothy Community Church, 1600 W. 25th Ave. Family will receive friends from 9:30 -10:30 am; Omega Omega Delta Service, 10:30-11:00 am; Homegoing Celebration, 11:00 am. Interment, Ridgelawn Cemetery.
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Published in Post-Tribune from Nov. 28 to Nov. 29, 2018.