TILTON — Marguerite Jean Dowie, age 91, was born March 12, 1922 to Scandinavian immigrants in Brooklyn, N.Y. and passed on to glory November 5, 2013 at Concord Hospital.
She was educated in Brooklyn, attending PS 169, Drake's Business School and Pace College. Jean, as she was known, began working in Manhattan as a securities broker. She was a Fort Hamilton Naval Cadet.
After WWII she married John Pelly Dowie and began a family. They moved to Franklin to raise their children "in the country." They bought a gas station and started a restaurant on the Franklin-Tilton line. Their five children are: Barbara Jean Nobrega, John Douglas Dowie, Nancy Jane Kulus, Doris Ann Nisbet and Doreen Joan Sexton. From these five have come 12 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren, who along with their spouses give her loving tribute.
While a homemaker in Franklin she taught Sunday school and was a Girl Scout leader. After moving to Tilton she began working outside the home at Steven's Mill in the mending department and from there went to work in Concord at the Army National Guard for the Adjutant General's office until her retirement at age 73.
Jean kept herself productive with interests in sports, reading, knitting, politics and ministering to the elderly and shut-ins with encouraging notes and cards, which she would make on the computer.
She will be greatly missed as she is greatly loved and respected by four generations of her children.
A visiting hour will be held on Friday, November 8, 2013 from 1 p.m. until the celebration of her life at 2 p.m. at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin-Tilton Road, Tilton, NH. Burial will follow in Park Cemetery in Tilton.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jean's name may be made to the charity of one's choice or one dear to her heart, Allow the Children at 1969 Bethel Church Rd., Forest, VA 24551.
For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com