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Jeannette Marie Dowd, 75, of Traverse City, passed away Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 after an extended stay at the Grand Traverse Pavilions. Jeannette was born on Friday, Aug. 14, 1942 to Aubrey and Louella (Bullion) Carmien in Traverse City.
She attended Traverse City High School and worked as a beautician. She owned her own salon, Jeannette's Beauty Nook, for many years and retired in 1997.
Jeannette married the love of her life, Ronald Dowd, and they shared many wonderful years together. Ron was tragically killed in a hunting accident, however. Jeannette never dated after Ron's death because she had the perfect marriage and no one would ever measure up to Ron. She and Ron owned Dowd's Duck Lake Kennels, which she continued to operate after Ron's death.
She filled her life with her family and enjoyed reading, crocheting, crossword puzzles and watching the Pistons and the Tigers. She spent time in Frankfort watching the boats, camping with her grandchildren and going to the Upper Peninsula to go smelt dipping. She was a huge fan of Elvis, and her favorite songs were Amazing Grace and Suspicious Minds. She also had two faithful companions in her cats, Cagney and Lacey.
She is survived by her daughter, Vanja (Gary) Griffin; sister, Linda (Donald) Weathers; brothers, Aubrey "Butch" (Kathleen) Carmien and Albert "Dick" (Vera May) Carmien; grandson, John (Chelsie) Griffin; great-grandchildren, Brooklyn Griffin, Harper Griffin and Paisley Griffin; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Dowd; parents, Aubrey and Louella (Bullion) Carmien; and father and mother-in-law, George and Leona Dowd.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at 3 p.m., with visitation beginning at 2 p.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.
Those wishing an expression of sympathy may direct contributions to AC Paw, PO Box 94, Acme, MI 49610 or the Cherryland Humane Society, 1750 Ahlberg Road, Traverse City, MI 49686.
Please share your thoughts and memories of Jeannette with her family by way of her online guestbook at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on September 10, 2017
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