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Dorothy Louise Sowell

Dorothy Louise Sowell, 77, of Brookings, died Feb. 26, 2002, of natural causes.

Dorothy was born July 10, 1924, in Lubbock, Texas, to Hubert Urias and Bessie Adell King, who moved to Casa Grande, Ariz., in 1930. They moved to Los Angeles in 1936 and then on to Woodville, Calif., in 1938 where, just prior to World War II, Dorothy met James T. Sowell.

The couple were married in Reno, Nev., on Sept. 10, 1943, and enjoyed 58 1/2 years of marriage. They made their home in Woodville, Calif., and started a family.

In 1954 they moved to Weott, Calif., so James could work in the lumber industry and there they raised two girls and a son.

On Christmas Day, 1955, the Eel River flooded and the family moved to Fortuna, Calif.

Sowell saw her girls married in the early 1960s. In 1970 she moved to Brookings with James as they had purchased a share in the Brookings Plywood Mill. There she saw her son marry in the early 1970s.

Dorothy loved bowling, yellow roses, and playing card and board games no gambling.

She was a member of the Prayer Chain at Brookings Church of the Nazarene and always expressed concern for others. She loved Christian music and enjoyed Christian television programming. She was the classic Grandma.

Dorothy is survived by her husband James Sowell Sr.; two daughters and a son, Priscilla Parnell and husband, Ken, of Brookings; Vada Olds and husband, Byron, of Sutherlin; and James Thomas Jr. and wife, Carla, of Brookings; grandchildren, Kenneth E. Parnell; Marti L. (Parnell) Stone; Robin Olds; David Olds; Kimberly and Jamie Sowell; and eight great-grandchildren; siblings, Wayne King of Visalia,Calif.; and Ann Loggins of Victorville,Calif.; twin sisters, Mary Bell Soderman and Faye Dell Henry, both of Bullhead City, Ariz.; a sister-in law, Rachel Dumas of Glencoe, Calif.; and an aunt, Maggie Fudge of Coos Bay.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Billie June Gobbell of Mira Loma, Calif.

Arrangements are under the direction of Redwood Memorial Chapel.

A memorial service will be March 9 at 1 p.m. at the Brookings Church of the Nazarene. Pastor Rick Green will officiate.

Contributions in Dorothys memory may be made to: Curry County Hospice P.O. Box 746, Gold Beach, OR 97444.


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