Linda Elaine (Smith) Dowse, 68 of Loup City, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at Jennie M. Melham Memorial Medical Center in Broken Bow, surrounded by her loving family. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at the United Methodist Church in Loup City, with the Rev. Joel Plisek officiating. Burial will be at the Evergreen Cemetery in Loup City.
Visitation will be from 5 - 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the United Methodist Church in Loup City. Memorials are suggested to the Sherman County Senior Center, Ameri-can Cancer Society or donor's choice. Higgins Funeral Home in Loup City is in charge of arrangements.
Linda was born Nov. 4, 1945, in Pawnee City, to parents Robert Burns and Lois Elaine (Rallens) Smith. She graduated from Pawnee City High School in 1963.
January 21, 1968, she was united in marriage to Gary Robert Dowse in Broken Bow. After they were married, Gary and Linda made their
home in Berwyn. Through the years, Linda had many different professional
roles such as babysitting, working at the Custer County Chief, and at the post office in Berwyn. After 25 years of service, she retired from Arrow Seed where she met and worked with many good friends.
Her most cherished role, however, was that of a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Linda enjoyed camping with Gary and planning and working in her garden.
In recent years she returned to her crafting and sewing, enjoyed practicing yoga and playing the piano. Linda spent 45 years with her beloved Gary traveling from here to there finding so many friends in their life. For the past four years, Linda and Gary have found many new friendships and loving relationships in the community of Loup City.
Linda is survived by husband, Gary Dowse of Loup City; children, Dan and Robin Dowse of Sargent, Susan and Steve Latusick of Omaha, Jarod and Brooke Dowse of Omaha, Jeanne Ducker and Carrie Schwader-er of Loup City; 10 grandchildren, Stephanie Dowse and JD Keefe, Brittany Dowse, Logan Dowse, Caleb Schlote, Eli Latusick, Augustus Ducker, Gunnar Ducker, Jameson Dowse, and Smith Dowse; and three great-grandchildren, Keaton Dowse, Kooper Keefe and Kinley Keefe; brother, Robert Gordon Smith and wife Becki; sister-in-law, Roberta Hyde and husband Gordon; brother-in-law, Kelvin Dowse and wife Sharon; sisters-in-law, Carol
Dellevoet, Shirley Lien and husband Mike, Leah Crook and husband Doug; brother-in-law Bruce and wife Brenda, numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Preceding her in death were her father, Robert, and her mother Lois Smith; nephew, Randall Smith, and great-niece Schyler Smith.
Published in Custer County Chief, Dec. 12, 2013