Penny Jane Dees McDowell | 1955 - 2014 | Obituary

Penny Jane Dees McDowell
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Penny Jane Dees McDowell

Born: January 08, 1955
Died: January 28, 2014

A resident of Fluker, LA, lost her battle with Crohn’s Disease on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at Hood Memorial Hospital in Amite, LA. She was 59 years old. "Aunt Penny" graduated from Oak Forest Academy and attended Southeastern Louisiana University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. She worked in Tangipahoa Parish and Livingston Parish and retired only to continue her love of teaching at Oak Forest Academy in Amite, LA. She touched so many lives throughout her teaching career and will be sadly missed. Penny was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church in Greensburg where she was a lector and Vacation Bible School teacher. She absolutely loved teaching school, watching sports with her Dad, and spending time with her family. But most of all she loved spending time with her nieces, nephews, cousins and her students as if they were her own. Penny is survived by her parents, Earl and Marilyn Dees. One brother, Kevin Dees, two sisters: Trudy Dees Durnin and husband, Steve, and Heidi Dees Carter and husband, Ken,. Her three nieces, Kayla and Karly Durnin and Kennidi Carter and three nephews, Kent Dees, Keaton & Kamen Carter. Penny is preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Warren Douglas Kent, Sr. and Ione M. Kent and her paternal grandparents, Lloyd Dees and Thelma Dees. Pallbearers will be Kent Dees, Keaton Carter, Kamen Carter, Steve Durnin, Ken Carter, and Mark Roth. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the OFA Patrons Club Memorial Fund at Oak Forest Academy. Visitation will be held at St. Helena Catholic Church Hall from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Friday. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. at St. Helena Catholic Church, Amite, on Friday, January 31, 2014. Services will be conducted by Fr. Mark Beard, Deacon Roger Navarra and Deacon Steve Ourso. Interment in Amite Memorial Gardens, Amite. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

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