BOBBIE REE MCDOWELL was born January 30, 1930 in Lisbon, Louisiana, to the parentage of Sharecroppers Webster and Cora Wills. She was one of eleven children born into this union. She was educated in the Louisiana School District in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana. At an early age, she joined Friendship C.M.E. with her family. Later, her church home was Community Baptist Church of San Diego, California.
In 1955, Bobbie united in Holy Matrimony to Louis McDowell and into this union two children were born, one of whom preceded her in death. When Bobbie came to California, she became employed as a domestic worker. Over the years, she had the opportunity of being employed by many families; The Casey’s, The Boner’s and The Coughlin’s.
Bobbie had many titles from “Mama” “Grandma”, “Auntie” and “Granny and was loved deeply by so many. She always had a smile and a positive word to share, like “Thank you”, “Thank you very much”, “That’s wonderful” or “Well, I’ll be blessed”.
On Monday, May 13, 2019, Bobbie Ree was called home to be with the Lord. She was preceded in death by her parents, Webster and Cora Wills; her first born son, Louis McDowell; five brothers: Moses, Hue P., Saloan, Louis and Booker T. and five sisters: Jessie Mae, Arlette, Bessie, Christine and Ernestine.
She leaves to cherish her memories: her loving son, Joseph McDowell; one sister, Floree Wills; grandchildren: Joseph Deon, Joseph Diondre and Nathaniel; a host of great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
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