Erma McDowell, 79, of Jackson, passed away Sunday, August 2, 2015 at Baptist Health Paducah, Kentucky.

She was born January 26, 1936, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Roy W. and Laura Koeppel McLain. She and Joe McDowell were married April 6, 1958. He preceded her in death February 12, 2012.

Erma was a lifelong member of Emanuel United Church of Christ in Jackson where she was active in the Bethany Circle and Women’s Fellowship Group. She worked at Southeast Hospital for over 20 year in the Snack Bar and Radiology Departments.  She was a former member of the Seek and Find Homemaker’s club in Fruitland. Erma enjoyed vegetable gardening and canning and being outdoors.

Loving survivors include two daughters, Debbie (Robert) Gandy of Paducah, KY and Carol McDowell of O’Fallon, MO; two sisters Norma Shipp of Cape Girardeau and Betty Melvin of Jackson; five brothers, Roy (Jewell) McLain, Fred (Dolly) McLain, and Jesse (Donna) McLain all of Jackson, James McLain of Wood River, IL, and John (Toni) McLain of Cape Girardeau.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth Burchyett and Marie Hampton and two brothers, Richard and Glenn McLain.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.  The funeral service will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the chapel with Rev. Joe Beal officiating. Interment will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Fruitland.

Memorials may given to the Pleasant Hill Cemetery Association or to the Bethany Circle

at Emanuel United Church of Christ.

To view Erma’s personal video, click here.

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  1. Beth Perry

    You have my sympathy. I am niece of Norma Shipp.

  2. Debbie,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers and peace to you and your family.
    Nancy Shoemake McLeane

  3. So very sorry for your loss. Emma was a wonderful woman close to our hearts. “May god brush the grace through thee joyful”. Thoughts and prayers continue to be with the family.

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