Edythe's Story

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MANCHESTER, NH: Edythe Cavell (MacDonald) Dowd, died October 21, 2015, at the Eliot Hospital surrounded by her family. She was the daughter of Gurney Hugh MacDonald and Elizabeth Sarah (Caldwell) MacDonald. She was also pre-deceased by her brother, Gurney Leslie MacDonald, and husband, Dr. William Andrew Dowd Jr.

Edythe was born on July 11, 1918 and grew up in Medford, Mass. She married Doc and moved to Arlington where they brought up their surviving children, William Andrew Dowd III and wife, Christine of The Villages Fla., Cynthia Caldwell (Dowd) Wallace of Londonderry, N.H., Donna Ellen Dowd and wife, Jody Honsa of Gloucester. Edythe is also survived by four grandchildren, Janet (Dowd) Gnall of Dover, N.H., Jackie (Dowd) Gilmore of Bozeman, Mont., Andrew Wallace of Oakland, Calif. and Melissa (Wallace) Fogg of Concord, N.H., as well as seven great-grandchildren and one granddog.

Edythe summered on the shores of Fort Meadow Lake, Marlborough, Mass., and retired to Barefoot Bay, Fla. where both she and Doc enjoyed many years of golfing and square dancing. Later in life, they returned north to Londonderry to be near their family and where she became an active member of the Red Hat Society. Edythe had an uncanny sense of fun and fashion. Her collection of holiday and party outfits has been passed down to family members.

Edythe was very active in any community she resided in. She was one of the original Saturday Nighters at the Park Avenue Congregation Church in Arlington, volunteered at the Symmes Hospital in Arlington, was a member of the Woburn Country Club, and supported the Shriners for countless years while Doc was the Chief Surgeon at the Aleppo Temple, Wilmington, and just recently, Edythe received her 50-year pin from Eastern Star.

A private family celebration of life will be held at graveside. A Memorial Fund in her name has been set up with the Boston Shriners Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.
Published on  October 29, 2015
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