LYNDA SUE McDOWELL, 58, of Sumner, passed from this life unexpectedly on Saturday December 5, 2015 at her residence. Starrett Funeral Home will conduct graveside rites at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday December 9, 2015 at the Mt. Vernon Cemetery with her nephew Rev. Jordan Cunningham officiating.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 :00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday.
Lynda was born June 24, 1957 in Paris, a daughter of Wayne and Patricia Moody Beard. She was a graduate of North Lamar High School and attended Texas Women's University. She worked in advertising for KPLT Radio in Paris, then was employed by Southwestern Foundry, where she worked as office manager for over ten years. She was a member of the Maxey Baptist Church. Lynda enjoyed her work and her daily responsibilities, but her greatest joys were times spent with her grandchildren, who referred to her as "Granny."
She was preceded in death by her mother Patricia Beard on August 9, 1994.
On June 9, 1979 she married Mike McDowell at the Maxey Baptist Church. He survives, as do their three children, Michael McDowell and wife Kayla, of Hugo, Clint McDowell and wife Wendy, of Olympia, Washington, and Sarah Bennett, of Paris; nine grandchildren, Mackenzie Campbell, Alyssa McDowell, Xander McDowell, Kaitlyn Harris, Steven McDowell, Avree Bennett, Emree Bennett, and Kanyon McDowell; a great-grandson, Asher McDowell; three brothers, Kenny Beard and wife Ronda, of Dallas, Lowell Beard and wife Lynette, of Paris, and David Beard and wife Diana, of Whitney; a sister, Kim Shrum, of Paris; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and many loving friends.
Named as honorary pallbearers are Travis Sherwood, Niel Norrell, Tony Fernandez, and Willie Brown.