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Doris Marie McGowan, 82, died at 10:46 a.m. Oct. 8, 2007, at Auglaize Acres Nursing Home, Wapakoneta.

She was born Nov. 20, 1924, in Monroe Township, Logan County, to Henry Lawrence and Minnie Elizabeth Wicklund Madden, who preceded her in death. On Jan. 23, 1948, in Frankfurt, Ky., she married Frederick J. "Mick" McGowan, who survives.

Mrs. McGowan had been the Jackson Center correspondent for the Sidney Daily News and had worked with the Shelby County Board of Elections. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Jackson Center. She was a member of American Legion Post 493 Auxiliary, where she served as president and post commander, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3316 Auxiliary, both in Jackson Center. She was also a member of the Christian Women's Association and the American Business Women's Association. She had been an adviser for Buckeye Girls State. She was a member of the Shelby County Women's Republican and Central Republican committees and worked at the election polls for several years. She was a proud Republican and enjoyed campaigning for her favorite candidates. She was a 1942 graduate of DeGraff High School, DeGraff. She loved sewing, playing cards and shopping. She and her husband spent several winters in Sebring, Fla., which she enjoyed very much and made many new friends.

Survivors also include a daughter, Nancy (Mike Phillips) Wise, of Huntsville; a son, David (Joyce) McGowan, of Jackson Center; five grandchildren, Cory (Sara) Thompson, of Jackson Center, Lesli (Jim) Andrews, of Columbia, Mo., and Kevin McGowan, Katrina McGowan and Keira McGowan, all of Jackson Center; two great-grandchildren, Dylan Thompson and Emily Andrews; two stepgreat-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by six brothers, William, Lyman, Floyd, Everett, Roy L., and Robert Madden; and four sisters, Grace Buchenroth, Bernice and Hazel Madden, and Mabel Clark.

Services will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at Grace Lutheran Church, Jackson Center. The Rev. Kieran Darcy will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mark Lutheran Cemetery, Clay Township.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Sanford Funeral Home, Jackson Center.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Jackson Center Education Foundation or Grace Lutheran Church.

Condolences may be sent to sefh@charterinternet.com.

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