Lois McDowell, age 89 of Perry, passed away on Sunday, March 3, 2019 surrounded by her family at her home in Perry IA. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 10 a.m. at the Carris Family Funeral Home & Cremation Care in Perry. Visitation will be on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 from 2-8 p.m. with family present from 5-8 p.m. at the Carris Family Funeral Home & Cremation Care in Perry. Burial will be in the Rippey Cemetery at Rippey, IA. Memorials will be given to St. Croix Hospice in Panora, IA and may be left at the Carris Family Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Online condolences may be sent at www.carrisfuneralhome.com.


Lois Arlene McDowell was born on June 30, 1929 at Jamaica, IA to Roy William and Blanche Mildred (Pittman) Pittman. She attended school at Jamaica High School, where she was a star basketball player on the team. She was united in marriage to Vernon Lester McDowell at First Christian Church in Perry on May 16, 1947. She worked for the Perry Schools as a school bus driver for 20 years.


She was a member of the First Christian Church and later attended the Rippey and Dawson United Methodist Churches. She was also a member of Eastern Star in Jamaica, IA and a 50-year member Rebekah Lodge in Rippey, IA and the American Legion Auxiliary. She volunteered as a Red Cross swim instructor. She enjoyed gardening, canning, tea parties with the grandchildren, cooking for the grandchildren, luncheon with the “Therapy Group” at ToJo’s in Jamaica and putting puzzles together with her friends at Candleridge Apartments. She participated in many plays with the Rippey Theater Group.


In death she rejoins her husband Vernon, parents, Roy and Blanche, 2 brothers, Earl and Junior Pittman and 2 sisters, Mae Carpenter and Betty Lynam.


Left to cherish Lois’s memory are her six children, Janice (Louis) Miller of Hortonville, WI, Marilyn Anderson of Perry, IA, Cheryl Harris-Waskovich of Cedar Rapids, IA, Donna (Kurt) Ridnour of Perry, IA, Rodney (Rosie) McDowell of Des Moines, IA and Julie Holland of Perry, IA and Randy Holland of Ankeny, IA, grandchildren, Shelly (Forrest) Parker, Scott Miller, Melissa (Austin) Raddatz, Joseph (Flora) Krause, Sarah Krause, Jonathan (Cassie) Krause, Alexander Harris, Cody Ridnour, David Ridnour, Jason (Michelle) McDowell, Brenda (Brian) Miller, Alex Hoffman, Emily Hoffman, Kelsey Holland and Kayla Holland, 20 great grandchildren, siblings, Shirley Appenzeller, Perry, IA, Joyce Donnelly, Fremont, NE and Lila Brown, Ankeny, IA.