Sadly, Bessie McDowell (maintained by daughter) has passed away. Please consider visiting their Find A Grave memorial page and leaving some virtual flowers. Their enthusiasm for cemeteries and willingness to help future generations lives on through their contributions to Find A Grave.
Bessie Lou Patterson McDowell was born on December 4, 1933 in Oldfield, Christian County, Missouri. Bessie was the fourth child of Jesse Robert and Lulu Mary Wolf Patterson. Bessie was born at the home of her grandmother, Mary M. Baird, Wolf, Benefiel. Bessie grew up in Major County, Oklahoma. Bessie was nicknamed by her younger siblings as "Bood". Older people called her Betty Lou, because her father's mother was Bessie. Bessie went to grade school at Pleasant Valley country school, that her father had also attend as a child. Bessie went to high school in Quinlan, Woodward County, Oklahoma. On May 18, 1952 in the home of Rev. Charlie C. Henderson in Haskew, Oklahoma, she married Kenneth Lee Roy McDowell. They are the parents of seven children. I have worked on my family history and my husband's family history for several years. I have a sister that said, "I was digging up the dead and I should leave the living alone." My husband once told a guy that "I was a grave digger". But I enjoy looking up our families.
Note: Bessie was my mother. She passed away May 18, 2011. I am now maintaining her memorials. Please contact me as Public Name: Jovona Contributor # 47523947. Thanks.