Connie Lou Green McDowell, 58, returned to her heavenly home Feb. 13, 2013, at the home of her sister in Flagstaff, Ariz., with loved ones by her side after a courageous battle with cancer, never losing hope or ever complaining.
Connie was born on Dec. 12, 1954, the daughter of Donald “Dude” and Mary (Albrethsen) Green in Jerome, Idaho. Connie graduated from Carey High School where she participated in drill team, pep club and band. She graduated as salutatorian of her class of 1973. After graduating, she was accepted into the nursing program at Idaho State University, graduating in 1977 as an R.N.
From 1977 to 1979, Connie served a welfare service mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Cali, Colombia, South America. She taught English, basic hygiene and nutrition to the people of the area.
After completing her mission, she moved to La Grande, Ore., where her sister Sheila was living and worked for the Grande Ronde Hospital as a staff nurse. She met and later married Bill McDowell. She worked for 10 years at the La Grande Clinic, and later as a staff nurse for Grande Ronde Home Services and caring for her two children, Jennie and Seth.
Connie loved her children and family, always taking every opportunity to travel and see new places with her family. She enjoyed and helped the children with their 4-H projects, and loved attending their activities and going to the horse shows that the kids were involved in. Connie loved the outdoors, always wanting to see what was on the other side of the mountains. She enjoyed sewing clothes and making quilts for her children and family, as well as spending time snow skiing, riding horses, taking pack trips in the mountains and hiking. She loved taking care of her flowers, and animals, especially her dogs.
In 2006, Connie moved to Kenniwick, Wash., continuing to work in Home Health and Hospice as a staff nurse. She loved caring and helping her many patients through her 30 years of nursing.
On Feb. 9, 2012, her sister Debbie came to Kennewick and moved Connie to Flagstaff, where she and her family could care for Connie during her illness. Her sister Sheila of St. George, Utah, came as often as she could to see Connie and help.
One of her greatest joys was doing everything with her granddaughter, Jessie, who is 3 years old. Connie always wanted to take Jessie to Disney World but didn’t have the chance.
Connie will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
Survivors include her daughter, Jennie McDowell of Cove, Ore.; son, Seth McDowell of Kennewick, Wash.; granddaughter, Jessie McDowell of Kennewick, Wash.; parents, Donald and Mary Green of Carey, Idaho; siblings and their spouses, Sheila Hunter of St. George, Utah, Debbie Hurst and Tom Ramsey of Flagstaff, Ariz., and Kyle and Tracy Green of Carey; and nieces, nephews and other loving relatives and friends.
A funeral service was held Saturday, Feb. 23, at Daniels-Knopp Funeral Home, 1502 Seventh St. La Grande, Ore. Interment was at Grandview Cemetery in La Grande.