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Martha McDowell

MATTOON -- Martha Elizabeth McDowell, age 93, of Mattoon passed away at 11:40 a.m. on Friday, January 11, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital.

Funeral Services honoring her life will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at Schilling Funeral Home with Pastor Kelly Carruthers officiating. Burial will follow at Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Martha was born on June 25, 1925 in Wayne County, the daughter of Burl and Pearl Henson. She married William Wayne McDowell on December 8, 1946.

Survivors include her loving husband of 72 years, William Wayne McDowell of Mattoon, IL; daughter, Marcia Jeanette Harmon of Louisville, IL; and granddaughter, Donna Jeanette Bean of Mattoon, IL; special niece, Penny McDowell of Mattoon, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews; and her beloved cat, Sammy. Martha was preceded in death by her parents; son-in-law, Michael L. Harmon; and brother, Otis Dale Henson.

Martha worked for Illinois Consolidated as a telephone operator and was a homemaker. She loved country music and knew many country music stars from her travels to Nashville and Branson. Martha enjoyed watching TV, especially gameshows. Most of all, Martha cherished spending time with her family. She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by all those who knew her.

Memorial donations in her honor may be given to Schilling Funeral Home to assist with funeral expenses. Online condolences may be expressed at www.schillingfuneralhome.net or Schilling Funeral Home's Facebook page.

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