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Mavis Lucy Dowden

Posted June 26, 2013 in Ankeny, Obituaries

October 9, 2012 – June 23, 2013

Mavis Dowden

Mavis Dowden

Mavis L. Dowden, 86, of Ankeny passed away Sunday, June 23, 2013 at Sunnyview Care Center in Ankeny, Ia., from complications due to a stroke.

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m., June 27, 2013 at the Ankeny First United Methodist Church (206 S.W. Walnut). A visitation will be held 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday June 26, 2013 at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd.)

Mavis was born on Oct. 6, 1926, to Don & Eula Purtle. After high school she worked at several different places; Safeway Grocery store, Brown Shoe Fit Store, and Manager of Babyland in Shenandoah, Ia. where she met Harold E. Dowden. They married on August 29,1948.

Mavis & Harold moved to Red Oak, Ia. in the fall of 1948, where they had 2 daughters, Marla Kay & Tena Marie. In 1969 the family moved to Ankeny, Ia. where Mavis worked as Manager of French Way Cleaners branch store for 12 years, was Treasurer of her church, The First United Methodist Church, did social work for the TTT Organization in Ames, and also was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 42 in Ankeny. She & her husband enjoyed golfing & were members of the Country Club wherever they lived.

She is survived by her husband Harold E. Dowden, daughters Marla K. Williams and Tena (Kenneth) Nelson, Brother Dan Purtle of Wentzville, Mo., many grandchildren, great-grandchildren & 1 great-great-grandson.

Mavis was preceded in death by her parents and an older brother, Oral Dean, who died in World War II.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to Ankeny First United Methodist Church.
Online condolences at

Arrangements are being handled by Memorial Services of Iowa

Information provided by:
Memorial Services of Iowa
4208 North Ankeny Blvd
Ankeny, IA 50023

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