Mary Wilson Dowdy, 71, of Newport, departed this life Monday evening, April 25, 2011 at her home in the loving care of her family. Born in Pembroke on March 7, 1940 she was a daughter of the late Woodrow Wilson and Gladys Songer Cumbee. She had been employed for many years at Virginia Tech in food service and ID management. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Irvin Cumbee, her sister Reba Cumbee, her half-brothers Marvin, Martin, Roscoe, and William Dowdy, and her half-sisters Margaret Cumbee, Elsie Cumbee, Lottie Cumbee, and Mildred Breeding.
She leaves to cherish her memory her husband of fifty-six years Claude “Jack” Dowdy; her son Harold Dowdy of Blacksburg; her daughters Sandy Dowdy of Blacksburg, Sylvia and Donnie Stump of Newport, Melissa and Mike Vanhoozier of Newport; her grandchildren Summer Ramsey, Lindsey Dowdy, Angie Wesley, Brandy Viars, Michael Vanhoozier, Michelle Olinger, Wayne Vanhoozier; her great-grandchildren Demond “DJ” Wesley, Noah Ramsey, Brady Tilley.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 2:00 PM in the Kendall Funeral Home, 605 Snidow St., Pembroke with burial following in Birchlawn Burial Park in Pearisburg. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour before the services. Online condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com.