Gayla “Jeanette” Dowis

Graveside services for Gayla “Jeanette” Dowis, 60, Lawrence, will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Ms. Dowis died Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at her home.

She was born August 5, 1953, in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Orva Lewis and Georgia Ruth McClure Shelby.  She graduated from Lawrence High School in 1971.

Ms. Dowis worked as a home health provider as well as a homemaker.  She enjoyed taking care of her daughter, shopping with her mother, collecting recipes, and watching KU Basketball.

Survivors include a daughter, Christina “Dawn” Dowis of Lawrence; her mother, Georgia Shelby of Lawrence; and  sister, Judy Harmon and husband Tom of Lawrence.

She was preceded in death by her father, Orva Shelby; and brother, Terry Shelby.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home, where the family will receive them from 10 a.m. until service time Wednesday.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Jeanette Dowis Memorial Fund, sent in care of the funeral home.

Messages & Condolences

From Tracey and Jennifer Schmidli...

Had a kind heart. She was our mothers cousin. My mother (Janet) loved Jeannette with all her heart and is with her now, this I know. We will forever miss her and her smile and way about her.

From Alice Landeros...

Jeanette and I shared birthdays. I had not seen her in many years . I know she was loved greatly and will be missed. May the Lord shine his face upon the loved ones she left behind and send comfort. I hope they will spend time with the wonderful memories of your life here I send prayers for the loved ones and Rest in peace Jeanette

From Joyce and David Higgins...

I was always happy to run into Jeanette and visit with her for a while.She always had a smile for me and always asked how I was doing.I would see her at the store and we would laugh when her mother went ahead of her pushing the cart along.She will be missed by our family.Prayers for the family and rest now Jeanette,in peace.

From Pat Chapman...

Jeannette was my home maker for years, she was so sweet to me and my cat. I use to see her and her Mom at Dillons behind Babcock Place where I lived at the time she helped me. I always looked forward for her to come each week. I will miss her very much, wish I could come to the viewing but I am not able to walk anymore. Mom and Dawn you are in my prayers.

From anita peery...

JEANETTE was my favorite cousin – maybe because we grew up together, our summers were spent on our grandmothers farm, and always something to look forward to. we always called her jeaney and that always seemed appropriate for her. there was magic in jeaney, she was smart, witty and funny. she could make you laugh at anything, it was a joy to be around her. i’m sure a part of that beautiful soul is still here and will be with us always.

From Mary K. Morris...

Jeannette was my neighbor and friend during grade school. She taught me how to ride a bike! Always so beautiful inside and out. I have lost track of her through the years, but remember her fondly.

From Peggy and Norie...

We will sadly miss this wonderful lady. We think of her as a very good friend.

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