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Sarah Ramelle Lowder McDonald, age 94, passed into eternity on May 1, 2017 in Jackson, Michigan. She was pre-deceased by her beloved husband, the late Reverend Howard F. McDonald.
Ramelle was born in Albemarle, North Carolina on April 22, 1923, the daughter of Icie Jane Cody Lowder and Lawson Cornelius Lowder. She attended Pfeiffer College in North Carolina and graduated from Scarritt College for Christian Workers in Nashville, Tennessee with a Bachelor's degree in Religious Education in June, 1947. She married Howard McDonald on September 25, 1948.
Ramelle earned a teaching certificate in Elementary Education from Michigan State University in 1963. She taught elementary school for eighteen years. She also served alongside her husband in various United Methodist churches in western Michigan. Following their retirement in 1982, she remained active in the church and volunteered at several organizations in Jackson, Michigan. She enjoyed her family, music, playing games, and sharing her faith.
Ramelle had twelve brothers and sisters, all of whom preceded her in death: Opal Cody (Lowder) Clayton; Herman Crawford Lowder; Violet Rose (Lowder) Werle; Arnold Lee Lowder; Eunice Idell (Lowder) Neff; Mary Eulalah Lowder; Lawson Laverne Lowder; Robert L. Lowder (her twin); Helen Louise (Lowder) Cranford; Henry Louis Lowder; Janice Imogene (Lowder) Dry; and Elbert Lane Lowder. The family faithfully attended First Street Methodist Church in Albemarle for many years, and she looked forward with joyful anticipation to her reunion with them in heaven.
Ramelle is survived by her two daughters, Carla (John) Elliott of Chelsea, Michigan and Myra (Carmen) Gonino of Macomb, Michigan; four grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild, and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held at Brookside United Methodist Church in Jackson, Michigan, on Saturday, May 6, 2017.
Published on May 11, 2017
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