Lois J. Dowden 94, of Frankfort, died at 9:05 p.m. December 18, 2011 at St. Vincent Frankfort Hospital. Born January 3, 1917 in Danville, IL to Grover A. & Gladys (Small) Smith. She married Vincent E. Dowden on August 24, 1940 in Frankfort and he preceded her in death on June 11, 2004. Mrs. Dowden was a 1934 graduate of Frankfort High School; she was a homemaker and a lifelong Frankfort resident. She was a 50 + year member of the First Christian Church. She was known as the one of the “Hooks Girls” and was cashier when the store opened in 1935. Mrs. Dowden was also secretary for the Frankfort Monument Company and City Clerk Treasurer’s Deputy in 1945 under Phil Huffer. She traveled with her husband on his business trips and for 21 years they wintered in Springhill, Florida. Mrs. Dowden loved animals, had many dogs and her favorite cats were Abby and Libby. She also enjoyed golf and crewel, and won many county and state fair awards for her crewel work.
Visitation and Services
Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, December 22, 2011 at Goodwin Funeral Home. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Kirklin, IN. Memorial donations may be made to the Clinton County Boys and Girls Club, Clinton County Humane Society or the First Christian Church of Frankfort.
2 Sisters-in-Law: Irene Smith of Elkhart and Emma Jean Brainerd of Columbus, GA
Niece: Jill (Paul) Harmon of Manchester, GA
Several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews also survive.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister, Margaret Vaughn and brother, Grover Smith.