Martha McDowell, 43, of Macon, Missouri, passed away on Monday, January 2, 2012, at her home in Macon.
Martha was born July 5, 1968, in Mexico, Missouri, the daughter of Dick LeRoy and Joyce Jean Boeckelman Pilliard. On August 7, 1987, she was united in marriage to James William McDowell who survives at home.
Martha is survived by her husband, James, her son, Samuel William Pilliard McDowell, and daughter, Emma Elizabeth McDowell, her parents, one sister, Beth Christine Schnitker and husband Herb of Middletown, Missouri, her brother-in-law, Douglas H. McDowell and wife Joanna of Columbia, Missouri, three nieces, one nephew, and her mother and father-in-law, William S. and Charlotte L. McDowell of Vandalia, Missouri, and her very special friend Jenny Gabriel of Macon, Missouri.
Martha was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Macon. At Zion, she was a Life Light Bible Study co-leader; LWML member, church choir member, and she worked to develop the worship folders and was a Sunday School music leader. She was past president of Macon County Ministries where she was on the speaker’s bureau and she helped coordinate the “Hop to Crop” fund raiser. She also assisted with the food pantry and the commodity distribution and also helped in developing the compassion center project. She was past president of Macon County Health Department. She was past president of the Immaculate Conception School board and assisted on several committees. She was a water fitness instructor for the YMCA. At Macon Vo-tech, she taught breads and scrapbooking classes. She was the technical advisor with the Junior Achievement class with Macon R-1. She was the “cookie mom” with Macon R-1 Band Boosters. She volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America as a merit badge counselor and was the “popcorn colonel”. She assisted the FFA as speech judge. She was the 2008 Women of Today Outstanding Woman Leader. She was the story time lady with the Macon Public Library.
Martha attended the University of Missouri in Columbia receiving a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor’s in Child and Family Development.
Martha was a loving wife and devoted mother.
Martha was preceded in death by her grandparents.
Funeral services were 10 a.m., Thursday morning, January 5, 2012, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Macon with Rev. Eugene Stueve officiating. Graveside services were 3:30 p.m., Thursday, January 5, 2012, at the Fairmont Cemetery in Middletown, Mo.. Visitation was from 4 – 8 p.m., Wednesday evening, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Macon. Memorials are suggested to Macon County Ministries Compassion Center or to the Zion Lutheran Church.
Online condolences may be made to: www. greeningeaganhayes.com