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Della Dowell

July 10, 1923 — April 2, 2018

Della Marie "Ree" Dowell age 94 of Morgan, passed away on Monday, April 2, 2018 in Waco, Texas.

Funeral services will be 10 A.M., Friday, April 6, 2018 at Lawson Funeral Home in Meridian. Rev. Chad Lewis will officiate. Burial will follow at the Post Oak Cemetery near Glen Rose, Texas. Visitation will be from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M., Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Lawson Funeral Home. Pallbearers are Joe Freeman, Allen Hubbard, Chad Lampman, James Findley , Luke Ryals and James Ryals. Honorary Pallbearers are Steve Smith, Jerry Ryals, and David Ryals.

Della Marie Ryals was born on July 10, 1923 in Mountainair, New Mexico to James and Stella Cecil Wood Ryals. She married Marlin E. Dowell on November 8, 1942 in Cleburne, Texas. She was a homemaker most of her life.

Left to cherish her memories are her daughter, Rebecca Carson and husband, Danny; granddaughters, Joy Vowell and significant other, Brian Burkhart, Marlina Sims and husband, Gerry; great-grandchildren, Dakota Vowell, Dalton Compton, Brianna Burkhart, Dillon Compton, Daniel Vowell; sisters, Nancy Faye Holder, Daisy V. May, Dora M Singleton; brother, James B. Ryals; nephews, Jerry Ryals and James Ryals; numerous other relatives and friends.

She was like a mother to her granddaughters, Joy and Marlina; nephews, Jerry and James Ryals and helped raise her great-grandson, Dakota Lee Vowell.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Cecil Wood Ryals; husband, Marlin E. Dowell; infant daughter, Barbara Sue Dowell; sister, Tommie McNeil; brothers, Howard R. Ryals and David J. Ryals

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Arrangements were made by Lawson Funeral Home, Meridian, Texas 254-435-2792.

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