Lila (Mac) Marion McDowell, of Shady Cove, passed away January 20, 2011. She was born February 16, 1920, to Walter and Elva Elliott, in Rio Grande County, Colo., the third of eight siblings. The family moved to Mosca, Colo., where she obtained her first 12 years of schooling, graduating from Mosca High in 1938. She graduated from Minnequa School of Nursing in Pueblo, Colo., in 1941.

Lila married Frank C. McDowell in 1942. They moved to Oregon in 1945. Lila was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She was an active member of Oregon Nurses Association District 4 and American Nurses Association. She retired from nursing in 1985 after 45 years. She was a past member of RoxyAnn Gem and Mineral Club and the National Audubon Society. She was a member of Shady Cove boosters and the Trail Wildflower Association.

She is survived by two sons, Lee E. McDowell, of Beaverton, Ore., and S. Bruce McDowell, of McCook, Neb.; one sister, Bertha I. Meisner, of Denver, Colo.; one brother, Roy Lee

Elliott, of Clarkston, Wash.; six grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Elva Elliott; husband, Frank C. McDowell; son, G. Larry McDowell; grandson, Braxton Huff; two brothers, Lyle W. and Kenneth D. Elliott; three sisters, Vera V. Pace, Edith E. Kerperien, and Della A. Fairchild.

Cremation has been accomplished. No memorial service will be held at her request.

I'm Free

Don't grive for me, for now I'm free.

I'm following the path God laid for me.

I took His hand when I heard Him call.

I turned my back and left it all.

Perhaps my time seemed all to brief,

Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.

Lift up your hearts and peace to thee,

God wanted me now, He set me free.