Lois J. Dowden

December 18, 2011

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.

Survived by:

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.

Preceded by:

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister, Margaret Vaughn and brother, Grover Smith.


One Condolence for “Lois J. Dowden”

  1. Teresa Vaughan-DiMaria December 21, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Hello Family,
    I am Richard Vaughans second born daughter. Just 3 weeks ago I called Aunt Lois for the first time. I had recently had lunch with my father, Dick Vaughan, and my mother Shirley (Dick’s first wife). I had learned during that lunch of Uncle Sonny’s passing. I was not informed and felt so badly for Aunt Lois. I got her phone number and called her. We talked for over an hour catching up since we had seen each other at my grandma’s funeral (Margaret Vaughan). It had been over 15 yrs since I had talked with Aunt Lois. I then sent her pictures of my lunch with Richard and Shirley, my parents. She had never met my husband and two children so I included their pictures also. My wish is that she received the card and photos before passing since I had promised to send them. I sent them on Dec. 8, 2011. I don’t have much information about the hospital stay or even what happened. Talking with her on the phone I now know was a gift.
    Sincerely, Teresa Vaughan-DiMaria

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