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Mary E. Dowe

August 8, 2017

Mary E. DoweMary E. Dowe, 94, of Watertown passed away Tuesday evening, August 8, 2017, at Hospice of Jefferson County.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Tuesday, August 15, from 4–7 PM. A prayer service will be at the funeral home on Wednesday, August 16, at 9:15 AM followed by the funeral mass celebrated at St. Patrick's Church at 10 AM with Fr. Tim Canaan, cousin, presiding. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery. As per Mary's wishes, all attending are asked to wear bright clothing or Irish accents in celebration of her life.

Mary was born in Watertown on August 29, 1922, daughter of John T. and Elizabeth O'Neill Graham. She attended the one-room schoolhouse, Watertown Center Country District 6, then St. Patrick's School, and was a 1940 graduate of Immaculate Heart Academy. She then received her LPN from The House of the Good Samaritan School of Nursing.

Her first husband, George W. Goodwin, died January 10, 1957. She later married Peter G. Dowe on December 30, 1960 at St. Patrick's Church. Mr. Dowe died December 20, 2000.

For 25 years she served Mercy Hospital as an LPN, retiring in 1985, and was a volunteer for Hospice for three years. Mary was a communicant of St. Patrick's Church and a member of its Altar & Rosary Society. She had been in the auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus. She served as secretary for the local AARP and the Town of Watertown Historical Society. On April 29, 2017, Mary received the Immaculate Heart Central School Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Mary is survived by her five children, Thomas R. Goodwin, Charlotte, NC; Susan G. Mathis and husband, Dale, Colorado Springs; Teresa A. Huggins and husband, William, Clinton; Paul J. Dowe, Watertown; and Stephen G. Dowe and wife, Judy, Barrington, NH; nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Jane M. Graham, Watertown, and Kay Graham, Hendersonville, TN; and dozens of nieces, nephews, and cousins. Along with her two husbands, she was predeceased by her two brothers, Edward J. and James F. Graham.

To honor her memory, donations in Mary's name may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to her family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.



#21 John Keenan 2017-08-23 20:58
Geesh, Tommy, and family, condolences for the passing of your Mom. I'd seen her on occasion over the years, but never really met her, until this past year, when she was at the Summit, along with my Mom. We visited a couple of times, in a court yard, along with Paul. (As an aside, I'd seen Paul a few times over the years, and there is something about his physical appearance, that reminds me of my Dad, when he was young). Over the years, my Mom has frequently mentioned, this, that, and the other thing about yer Mom, always, in affectionate terms. Makes me smile, to think of her, Love, John
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#20 Judy & Mark Breuer 2017-08-17 17:51
TERESA & Family, Thinking if you this at this time. Praying for peace & comfort for all. A wonderful Lady is now in heaven watching over you. Love & Hugs.
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#19 Sandra Palmer 2017-08-17 11:39
Mary was our next-door neighbor on Stone Street for many years as my sister Sue and I were growing up. She was a wonderful neighbor, friend and always had a smile. We knew both her and Gerry, Tom and Sue, RIP Mary.
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#18 Thomas Jank 2017-08-15 16:43
To the Goodwin/ Dowe Family My condolence on the loss of a wonderful lady. Even after we left home and moved far away whenever I came home I could count on seeing your at church and catching up on your family. She was a wonderful lady and she will greatly missed
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#17 Shelley Potter 2017-08-15 12:42
I never met Mrs. Dowe, but reading her obituary and comments left for the family, I know that she was well respected and loved. I had the pleasure of meeting Teresa today at Mr. Rick' s Bakery. She left me a kind note and a significant token of gratitude. I was very humbled. Obviously, Mrs. Do we instilled some great values into her children. Please accept my condolences on the loss of your mom and know your kindness and generosity was appreciated. Sincerely, Shelley
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#16 Kay Graham 2017-08-14 21:45
Mary, my wonderful loving sister-in-law who was like a sister to me. We had many fun and enjoyable times together. I will miss our lengthy telephone calls. We always had many interesting subjects to chat about. She also knew many of our friends in California and Tennessee who send their thoughts and prayers. I love you and God Bless you.
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#15 John Adderley 2017-08-13 15:02
Mom, see you later. Say hello to everyone . Dance, with Dad. We had many smiles. John
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#14 Howard C Schnettler Jr 2017-08-11 15:56
RIP Mary Remember you worked with my mother at Mercy..
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#13 Dari Frezzo 2017-08-11 15:47
Mary was the kindest sweetest lady I had the pleasure of knowing. I was fortunate to meet her and be one of her caretakers at Ives. We had so many wonderful conversations and I will cherish those memories. May you rest in peace and god bless you and your family.
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#12 Kathy Rowe 2017-08-11 06:10
Oh my... such a pretty plan for Mary's memorial - I am out of town but wanted to let you know that Mary's laugh and her pride in her family are an integral part of my life lessons. I truly enjoyed the time I spent with her in her home as she was planning her new life at Ives Hill. I can close my eyes and see and hear her giggle and smile... thank you for sharing her with us.
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