Marjorie Scott McDowell was born in Wichita, Kan., March 19, 1923, and passed away in Waxahachie, Texas, on Feb. 23, 2009. As an adult she lived in the Kansas City, Mo., area for many years, and in October 1965, married John Gene McDowell. They resided in Missouri for several years during which time Marjorie, always a diligent caretaker, decided to go to nursing school, attained her LVN degree, then worked at Research Hospital in Kansas City until she and Gene, a sixth-generation Texan, decided to move back to Texas in anticipation of his retirement and wanting to be close to his daughter, Ronda.

They settled in Cedar Hill, Texas, in the early 1970s, where they resided until his death in April 1999. At the urging of her good friends Doris and Bob Proffitt, she moved to Midlothian, Texas, where she was welcomed by new friends and neighbors, and quickly became involved with the community. Long a supporter of Scottish Rite Hospital of Dallas, she established the Orville H. Scott Scholarship Fund in honor of her father, a lifelong Mason, through the Midlothian Masonic Lodge 584. The scholarships are given annually to deserving students, in the Midlothian area, based on good citizenship, high moral character and academic achievements as well as extracurricular activities.

Marjorie was an intelligent, caring individual and her extended family and friends want to thank the residents and staff of Buffalo Creek Assisted Living in Waxahachie and Sterling House of Waxahachie for providing loving care to Marjorie for the past two years. Special thanks to Dr. Kelly Felty for his compassionate care over the years, the nurses on the third floor at Baylor Medical Center Waxahachie – and very special thanks to Stephanie Kinnison and the wonderful caregivers from Custom Caregivers, and the hospice angels from Family First Hospice. Marjorie will be missed by her many friends, both long-time and newer, who had the privilege of getting to know this very unique woman.

Daughter Ronda Needham and husband Bill Schereck, Doris and Bob Proffitt, Brenda Johnson and family, Fran and Ralph Townes, grandson Christopher McMillan and his mother Lynn Kopatich and husband Bill all want to acknowledge and thank everyone who made Marjorie’s life comfortable and enjoyable. A special thanks to all Marjorie’s “chicken foot” buddies at Buffalo Creek.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at Cedar Hill United Methodist Church, Main Sanctuary, 128 N. Roberts, Cedar Hill, Texas.