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Dowds, Marlene
L. MARLENE DOWDS, age 63, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania formerly of Knoxville, Illinois passed away at her home on June 28, 2010 at 7:30 A.M.

She was born on November 22, 1946 in Galesburg, Illinois, the daughter of Catherine White. She was adopted and taken home from the hospital by Lee O. and Doris "Sue" White Dowds of Knoxville, Illinois.

Surviving are:
Brothers: Roy L. Dowds of Knoxville, Illinois
Shawn (Kerri) Dowds of Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Sister: Sally (Robert) Wolford of Galesburg, Illinois
Half-Sister: Vickie (Roger) Still of Berwick, Illinois
Half-Brothers: Terry Hinkle of Southern Illinois
David Hinkle

Preceded in death by her parents: Lee and Sue Dowds; her mother: Catherine Hinkle; and one half-sister: Debbie Sherwood.

She graduated from Knoxville High School in Knoxville, Illinois and attended Western Illinois University and Southern Illinois University. She was beloved partner of Brenda Murphy for 21 years.

They owned and operated a flooring business "Happy Floors" in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Cremation Rites have been accorded.

Graveside Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 10:00 A.M. at the Knoxville Cemetery in Knoxville, Illinois.

Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home and Crematory in Knoxville, Illinois in charge of arrangements. On-line condolences and sympathy cards may be sent through www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com
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