Vivian Beatrice McDowell
Jan 15, 1931 – Jan 13, 2018
Vivian (Leffard) McDowell
Vivian was born to Walter and Beatrice Leffard on January 15, 1931 in Seattle. She passed away on January 13, 2018. Vivian grew up in Seattle with her brother, Walt, and sister, Joyce. She graduated from Franklin High School in 1948. She married Tom McDowell in 1949. Early in their marriage they lived in Ketchikan, Alaska, with their first two children, Marilyn and Tommy. They returned to the Seattle area where they raised their growing family in the Arbor Heights area. Vivian was a homemaker while her children were young. She worked at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church for many years before joining Boeing. She retired from Boeing in 1995. She was a member of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, St. Michael’s Antiochian Orthodox Church (where her husband officiated), and New Creation Ministries.
Vivian will be remembered with love by her family. She loved babies and children, and enjoyed helping with all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Vivian was preceded in death by her husband Tom in 1985. She is survived by her sister Joyce (Jim) McCaffree, her six children: Marilyn Conger, Tom McDowell, Katie (Aaron) Hairston, Richard McDowell, Becky (Jamie) Gifford, and Elizabeth (Frank) Wingert; her nine grandchildren: Jeremy (Rita) Conger, Sarah Conger, Julie (Chris) Smith, Rachel (Carl) Hehemann, Jackie (CJ) Alvarez, James Gifford, Daniel Moore, Riley and Connor Wingert; her ten great grandchildren: Michele, Saralyn and Kaitlin Hehemann, Sasha, Natasha and Misha Conger, CJ and Grant Smith, Logan and Simon Alvarez; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Alzheimer’s robbed us of the Vivian we knew as our Mom and Nana years before she passed away. It is a horrible disease, and a very long goodbye as your loved one deteriorates month by month.
Vivian had resided at Harmony & Compassion in Kent since April of 2015 due to Alzheimer’s. The family would like to thank Loredana DeLeon and the staff at Harmony & Compassion (Catherine, Daniella and Rosemary) for taking such good care of Vivian, and to Ovidiu for sharing Toby with her.
There will be no service at Vivian’s request.
This obituary is provided by Bonney-Watson, providing caring and compassionate funeral, cremation and cemetery services since 1868. We have a professional staff, four funeral homes, two cremation facilities and one of the largest cemeteries south of Seattle, as well as a comprehensive grief support program.