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Janice Lillian Dowd ~ In Our Care ~ October 31, 2021

Janice Lillian Dowd


Marianna, Arkansas…. Janice Lillian (Wright) Dowd, age 64, was born January 28, 1957, in Ottumwa, IA to James Edward and Josephine May (Petary) Wright.  She went to be with her Heavenly Father on October 31, 2021.

Janice, fondly known as Jan by her family and friends, married William L. Dowd on June 22, 1974, in Iowa. They soon welcomed daughter Angela and son Bradley to their family as they began a life of ministry and service to others. Jan was a homemaker, a mother, a teacher, and a friend to everyone.  She taught alongside her husband in various churches and especially loved putting together vacation bible schools in the summers wherever they were pastoring at the time.  Jan loved her grandchildren and delighted in taking pictures of them to share with anyone who asked.  She loved decorating her home, both inside and out, and always welcomed visitors.  Her home was a beautiful and welcome sanctuary to everyone who stopped by.  And, if you were a visitor to her home, she would offer a meal, or a snack and a cup of coffee, and tell you good-bye with one of her favorite phrases… “take God with you.”

She is preceded in death by her husband, William, who passed away earlier this month; both parents James and Josephine Wright; step-father Curtis Greeley; father-in-law and mother-in-law Jim and Betty Dowd; two brothers-in-law, Roger and Jim Dowd; one sister-in-law, Deb (Jim) Dowd; and one niece, Frankie Sharp.

Survivors include her children Angela Dowd (Blue Eye, MO) and Bradley (Samantha) Dowd (Jamesport, MO); brothers Gerry (Kim) Wright (Hertford, NC) and Larry Wright (Ottumwa IA); sisters Francis (Franklin) Sharp (St. Joseph, MO), Pamela (Scott) Schaefer (Columbus, NE), Linda (Ben) DeShaw (Knoxville, IA), and Lora Geweke (Ivanhoe, TX); sisters-in-law Arlene Dowd (Oskaloosa, IA) and Carolyn Dowd (Euless, TX); seven grandchildren, RJ, Jaylen, Ashton, Dakota, Jonathan, Landon, and Justin; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 1:00 P.M. Friday, November 5, 2021 at Turner Family Funeral Home of Maysville, MO with burial following at Amity Cemetery.  Visitation will be 11:00 A.M. ~ 1:00 P.M. Friday at the funeral home. Funeral services will be live streamed on Turner Family Funeral Home Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the William & Janice Dowd Funeral Fund, Home Exchange Bank, PO Box 200, Jamesport, MO 64648. Online condolences: www.turnerfamilyfuneral.com


4 Responses to “Janice Lillian Dowd ~ In Our Care ~ October 31, 2021”

  1. Terri swartz October 31, 2021 at 11:45 pm #

    We will greatly miss you you was a awesome person and you was awesome decorator and you done an awesome
    Decorating job for our wedding. You was wonderful friend and we will miss brother dowd as well
    . Your friends
    Terri and Javan swartz and patsy withrow

  2. Rev. Evangelist Christopher Butler November 2, 2021 at 2:09 am #

    Me and my family deepest and sincere condolences and prayers go out to the Dowd family and our church family she was the First Lady at the Church me and family attend First Assembly of God in Marianna,Arkansas she was alongside with her husband was also my Mentor, and practically say she was like a third grandmother to me. I will never forget her, and how excited she got about the things of God. I will always love her and we will see her soon in Heaven.

  3. Linda Lee November 3, 2021 at 3:18 am #

    She and Pastor Dowd were are Pastors in Chillicothe for a short time but grow to love them. They had a passion for the lost and it was there desire to see people saved and going to heaven. She loved to decorate and liked pretty things. She did a blue tree at church first time I had seen one and have had a blue lighted tree since. My heart goes out to the family at this time of loss. I know they are rejoicing together now there journey finished and well done.

  4. EVANGELIST PATRICIA HIGHTOWER November 6, 2021 at 1:26 pm #

    My PastorDowd first Lady Jan Dowd was best couples I ever known.they was saved had a lot loved for every body. Always helping young people to getting to knows God teachings the words .the word of God .the blessings a many peoples about the word of they was real put sometimes it great man of God . He help my son life share with him about God my children were brought up in holy sometimes your children stray away did it take a special person to put on back on track PastorDowd did that I’m so glad got got to know them I’m so glad .my son Cleo glad to know a great man of God . Always praying with you calling the church members the the prayer chain.they will be missed they are with God. Now we will see them in heaven they got there rewards my condolence to the family hanging in there they always talk about you guys. I am praying for the family love you guys you looking to God.they love one another of a show me a lot about marriage Love Will Conquer All.I speak blessing over my Pastor William Dowd and First Lady Dowd Children and grandchildren life Miracles. They are walking on the street or goldwith Jesus now.Love you Dowd family

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