HAWARDEN—Marilyn Mae Dowdey, 93, Sioux Center, formerly of Hawarden, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, at Royale Meadows Care Center in Sioux Center. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at First Baptist Church in Hawarden, with Pastor Larry Nilson officiating. Burial will be at Grace Hill Cemetery in Hawarden. Visitation with family present will be 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden.
Marilyn Mae Yates was born Jan. 13, 1926, at the Hawarden hospital to Jesse and Rose (Lindenman) Yates. She was raised on a farm east of Hawarden where she attended country school and graduated from Hawarden High School in 1943,
Marilyn married Robert Richmond on Oct. 13, 1944. To this union three sons were born: Kelvin, Robert “Bob” and Jay.
She later married Donald Dowdey on Dec. 7, 1986, at the First Baptist Church in Hawarden. Don passed away June 18, 1998.
Marilyn lived in various places during her married life, settling back in Hawarden in later years. She will be remembered for her ability to crochet dollies, afghans and tablecloths and was a great cook.
Survivors include her two sons, Kelvin (Shaowei) Richmond of Reno, Nevada and Robert (Eunice) Richmond of Sioux Falls, SD; seven grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Charlene (Kenneth) Janssen of Hawarden and Rosalie Block of Spirit Lake.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband, Don; son, Jay; a grandson, Daryl Richmond; her parents; and a brother Lyle Yates.