Dowdy, Rachel Williams

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Rachel Alice Williams Dowdy, 77, of Roanoke, Virginia, formerly of Glen Allen and Pearisburg, Virginia, passed away peacefully Friday morning, December 3rd, 2021, at Lewis Gale Medical Center. Alice was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Eddie”Rowdy” Dowdy, her parents, Haven and Grace Williams, brothers Edgar Williams and Jerry Williams, and sister Martha Sanders.

She is survived by her son Tony Dowdy, and his wife Anne of Glen Allen, Virginia, her daughter Elizabeth Skaggs, and her husband Mitch of Roanoke, Virginia, three grandchildren, Edison “Drew” Lagan, Stephanie Anne Dowdy, and Caroline Grace Dowdy. She is also survived by sister-in-law, Dot Williams, sister Ethel (Bob) Ropp, brother Tommy (Loretta) Williams, sister Connie Kramer, sister Margaret Stowers, and sister-in-law Phyllis “Snooky” Williams, and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Alice loved being a mother and grandmother more than anything. She loved entertaining and cooking for her friends, family, and neighbors. Her bridge group friends in Glen Allen and Pearisburg were her best friends. Alice was very proud of her and her late husband’s work, along with Don and Susan Allen, for starting the Relay for Life chapter in Pearisburg. She enjoyed the many years spent at the beach with her “beach family.” She loved her church families at First United Methodist Church Pearisburg and Shady Grove United Methodist Church in Glen Allen. Alice made many new special friends at Woodland Hills, and especially enjoyed her Bible study and bingo games.

Family will receive friends at First United Methodist Church Pearisburg, Sunday, December 5, 2021, at 2 – 4 pm with a service following at 4pm. Burial will follow at the Birchlawn Burial Park in Pearisburg.

Memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Woodland Hills Assisted Living, as well as the doctors and nursing staff in the CICU at Lewis Gale Hospital.

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