Woodward County Obituaries

Elaine (McDowell) Dewald
20 Jul 1936 - 02 Nov 2006

Woodward News
02 Nov 2006 Page 3

Elaine Dewald, age 70, passed away Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006 at her home west of Woodward. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006 in the New Horizon United Methodist Church with her brother, Rev. Paul McDowell officiating. Interment will be in the Elmwood Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.

Elaine was born on July 20, 1936 in Harmon, Okla. She was the daughter of Daniel Guy and Francis Argene McDowell. Elaine attended Woodward Public Schools and graduated from Woodward High School in 1954. That same year she married Chet Dewald. The couple moved to Stillwater where Chet attended Oklahoma A&M College. Elaine worked in a grocery store in Stillwater while Chet attained his BS and MS degrees in agronomy. Elaine and Chet had three sons while living in Stillwater. Thomas Dalton, Greg, and Robert (Bob). Upon graduation, the family transferred to Palo Alto, Calif. where they resided for four years. During this four year period the couple had a daughter, Robin and a son Scott. The family then transferred to Houston, Texas for three years, Greenville, Miss. one year, back to Houston for two years, and then to Celaya, Mexico for three years. Elaine enjoyed the family's travels a great deal. While living in Mexico, Elaine enjoyed bowling, raising her children and volunteering at local libraries.

In 1971 the decision was made to return to the Woodward area where the children could attend school and be near their grandparents, many aunts and uncles, and cousins. Upon their return they bought the "farm" west of town and settled down to the country way of life they missed during their travels. The family farmed full-time for several years.

Elaine began working for The Stock Exchange Bank in the drive-through. She worked hard to learn the banking system, was active in the Financial Women's International, American Banking Women's Association and the State Banking organization as well. Her hard work and determination resulted in several promotions and ultimately she became the Senior Vice President of Operations at The Stock Exchange Bank. She retired from the bank in 2002 after completing 25 years of service. In 2003 she obtained her real estate license and began working with Coldwell Banker Realty. Additionally she was active in several civic and Church organizations. She volunteered on several boards and commissions including the Hawkins Student Loan Fund, and the Single Parent/Displaced Homemaker Program at High Plains Career-Tech School.

Elaine enjoyed her work, children, grandchildren, extended family, traveling on business, vacations, fishing, reading and spending time with a large extended family. Elaine's children include Greg Dewald and his wife Lesta of Cushing; Bob Dewald, and his wife Danelle of Fargo; Robin Williams of Woodward, and Scott Dewald, and his wife Brenda of Dover; Elaine has 13 grandchildren ranging in age from nine to 29, and two great grandchildren, 11 and 4. She is also survived by her brothers, Joe McDowell and wife Linda of Burleson, Texas; Jay McDowell and wife Cecilia of Farmington, N. M.; Paul McDowell and wife Joyce of Duncan; Don McDowell; one sister, Guyla Marshall and husband Tom of Woodward; sisters-in-law, Twila Dewald of Woodward and JoAnn Dewald of Mooreland.

Elaine was well known as an incredible cook who would work for hours to prepare meals for her family. She spent her life time working to serve others, always looking for ways to provide a helping hand. She was tireless and she dedicated her life to doing what she could to make this a better world. Her life story is best summed up by the words she wrote in 2005, "I Hope everyone has been at least as blessed as I have."

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Chet Dewald on Oct. 2, 2002, an infant son Thomas Dalton Dewald, and two brothers, Earl McDowell and David McDowell.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to New Horizons United Methodist Church or the Woodward Hospital Hospice, with the funeral home as custodian.

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