Velma McDowell of Perry


Velma McDowell, 89, of Perry, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, at the Dallas County Hospital in Perry, Iowa.

Funeral services will be held next year with assistance from Carris Family Funeral Home and Cremation Care in Perry. Memorials will be given to St. Martin’s Episcopal Church and may be left at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent at

Velma Mae McDowell was born Oct. 30, 1931, in Dawson, Iowa, to Hubert and Beulah (Kirkman) Elliott.

She graduated from the Dawson High School as valedictorian of her high school class and was an avid basketball player.

Velma was united in marriage to Earl Edward McDowell at United Methodist Church in Perry.

She worked for 30 years at the Woodward Resource Center. Her recent work there was in the personnel department as a personnel manager.

Velma was a member of the St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Perry. She loved helping people and volunteered for many people in the community who needed assistance.

In death she rejoins her husband, Earl; and her parents, Hubert and Beulah.

Left to cherish Velma’s memory are her daughters, Marcia (Dana) Fink of Perry and Vicki (Keith) Price of Highlands Ranch, Colorado; grandchildren, Benjamin (Jordan) Price of Centennial, Colorado, and Michelle (Jason) Kofoed of Marion, Iowan; and great-grandchildren, Ellie Price and Owen Kofoed.


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