Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all McDowells in:
 • Black Hills National Cemetery
 • Sturgis
 • Meade County
 • South Dakota
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Bessie Lou Patterson McDowell
Birth: Dec. 4, 1933
Christian County
Missouri, USA
Death: May 18, 2011
Sioux Falls
Minnehaha County
South Dakota, USA

Bessie McDowell, age 77, of Winner, SD, passed away Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. She rejoined her husband on the day of their 59th wedding anniversary.
Bessie was born on December 4, 1933, in Christian County, near Oldfield, Missouri. Bessie was born in her maternal grandmother's log cabin near Swan Creek. Bessie was the fourth child of Jesse and Lulu (Wolf) Patterson. Bessie grew up on her paternal grandparents' homestead in Major County, Oklahoma. Bessie graduated from Quinlan Oklahoma High School in 1952 as the valedictorian of her class.
Bessie met Kenneth McDowell on a blind date her senior year of high school. Kenneth and Bessie were married in a country church at Haskew, OK, on May 18, 1952. They spent 57 years together and raised seven children in South Dakota.
Bessie actively pursued her hobbies. Bessie loved gardening. She grew all kinds of flowers and houseplants as well as having a vegetable garden with fruit trees.
In retirement, Bessie developed a keen interest in family history. She spent thousands of hours carefully compiling her research. Bessie, along with Kenneth and their daughter, Anna, traveled frequently for about twenty years as she collected genealogy information and they met extended family members. Bessie journeyed east to Ohio, west to California, north into Canada and south to Texas, as well as all points in between as she searched for family records. She gained many new friends through her travels and research.
She is survived by her children: Jovona (Mt. Juliet, TN), Teresa (Vermillion, SD), Roberta (Topock, AZ), Royce (Winner, SD), Fran (Colome, SD), Beth (Rapid City, SD), Anna (Winner, SD); ten grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; five sisters; and many relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her grandparents, five uncles, two aunts, two brothers, and one sister.
Service will be held Monday May 23, 2011, at Mason Funeral Home. Burial will be Tuesday May 24, 2011, at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Family links: 
  Jesse Robert Patterson (1904 - 1952)
  Lulu Mary Wolf Patterson (1907 - 1977)
  Kenneth LeeRoy McDowell (1927 - 2009)
  Edra Lois Patterson Shuck (1928 - ____)*
  Bessie Lou Patterson McDowell (1933 - 2011)
  Robert Jesse Patterson (1944 - 2005)*
*Calculated relationship
Black Hills National Cemetery
Meade County
South Dakota, USA
Plot: H, 384
Maintained by: Bessie McDowell (maintai...
Originally Created by: Frankie
Record added: May 20, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 70090697
Bessie Lou <i>Patterson</i> McDowell
Added by: Frankie
Bessie Lou <i>Patterson</i> McDowell
Cemetery Photo
Added by: Fan of the Site
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

- Carolee McGill-Barker
 Added: Jul. 1, 2016

- Jamie reed
 Added: Nov. 20, 2015

- Kathy Heath
 Added: Sep. 3, 2014
There are 29 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
This page is sponsored by: Seagull

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service