Oleta M. (Dill) McDowell

Born: Tue., Oct. 23, 1917
Died: Thu., Jun. 27, 2013


Memorial Service

11:00 AM Fri., Jul. 05, 2013
Location: Mountain Heights Baptist Church


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Oleta M. McDowell, age 95 years old, left her earthly body behind and went to be with her Lord on June 27, 2013 in Salida, Co.  

Oleta was born on Oct. 23, 1917 in a small community outside Tyler, TX, called New Harmony.  Several generations of her family called this community home.  At an early age, her family moved to Marlin, TX, where she was raised.  She lived in Marlin until moving to Austin, TX, where she soon met and married her husband of 50 years, K.A. (Mack) McDowell.  Their only child, Connie Ann, was born in Austin, and around 1948 they moved to Dallas, TX.  

After 38 happy years in Dallas, where Oleta worked for over 20 years as a secretary for the Reynolds Aluminum Supply Co, raised her daughter, was very active in her church, and a staunch supporter of the Dallas Cowboys from the time of their inception, it was time to retire.  She and Mack entered on a great adventure, moving to Buena Vista, to be near their daughter, son-in-law and 3 grandchildren in 1985.

Although Oleta never lost her love for her beloved Texas, she soon grew to love Colorado and especially the community and people of Buena Vista.  She was a very active member of Mountain Heights Baptist Church and a “grading granny” for the Good News Jail and Prison Ministry.  She loved to visit the drug store, post office, anywhere she could greet people.  Her laughter and sunny, joyful disposition will be remembered by everyone who knew her, not to mention her famous pecan pies.  

Oleta is survived by her daughter, Connie Smallwood and her husband, Tom of Buena Vista, grandson Scott Smallwood and his wife, Jennifer, of Edmonton, Alberta, granddaughter Julie Little and her husband, Ben, of Buena Vista, granddaughter Amy Smallwood of Redding, Calif., 4 great grandchildren—Devon Smallwood of Marysville, WA, and Malachi, Mikayla and Sylvia Little of Buena Vista.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, and her husband, Mack.  

She was cared for beautifully and lovingly by the wonderful staff of  Safehaven Manor in Salida for the last 2 years of her life.  

After burial at Mt Olivet cemetery, her memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m. on July 5, at Mountain Heights Baptist Church.  In lieu of flowers, the family asked that memorials be made to the church.  

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