Lillian Drue McDowell
Lillian Drue McDowell, 86, died peacefully on April 17 at Trinity Care Center in Round Rock, Texas. She was born Sept. 7, 1918, in Andrews, Texas. Her family moved two years later to the West Texas town of Lorraine.During her lifetime, Lillian lived in 20 small towns and cities throughout the West. Many of her fondest memories were of her long residence in Aspen, from 1977 to 1990, where she will be remembered by her lifelong friends for her friendliness, humor and generosity of spirit. Her last home was in Burnet, Texas, where she was loved for her warmth and kindness.She is survived by her daughter Tulasi Wilkinson of Aspen; her grandson Jaya Wilkinson of Aspen and his father, Wilk Wilkinson; her daughter and son-in-law Jackye and Skip Richardson of Round Rock, Texas; her grandchildren Devyn, Lisa Drue and Craig Richardson of Round Rock; her sisters Mrs. Robert B. Miller and Ruby Hendrick Curlee and numerous other family and friends.She was preceded in death by her husband, J.D. McDowell; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Hendrick; and her brother, Robert Hendrick.Lillian made the world a better place through her love and laughter and her genuine interest in people and her desire to always want to know more about everyone she met. Lillian wanted her family and friends to remember her as she was in life. At her request, a funeral service was not held. The immediate family and the staff and residents of Trinity Care Center attended a celebration of her life in the on-site chapel. A memorial donation may be made to the Texas Section for Society of Range Management. Donations should be made out to: TSSRM Memorial Scholarship Fund and mailed to: Attn: Paul Loeffler, 500 West Avenue H, Box 2, Alpine, TX 79830. A notation should mention Lillian McDowell’s name.
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