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Martha Ann Dowling

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Funeral services for Martha Ann Dowling, 87, of Simsboro will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 3, 2012, at Simsboro First Baptist Church with Bro. Ronnie Cathey and Bro. B.K. Miller officiating. She passed away on November 30, 2012, at her home in Simsboro surrounded by her family after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. Interment will follow in the Simsboro City Cemetery under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston.

Martha Ann was an inspiration to her family and friends and a constant witness of her Christian faith. She was a true prayer warrior, never wavering in her commitment to the Lord, and touched many lives through her faithful example.

Mrs. Dowling is survived by her sons - Curtis Dowling and wife, Linda, of Simsboro; Bobby Dowling and wife, Donna, of Simsboro; Ronnie Dowling and wife, Paula, of Ruston; and daughter-in-law, Dee Dowling of Simsboro; grandchildren - Dusty Dowling and wife, Patti, of Baton Rouge; Julie McIntosh and husband, Trey, of Oak Grove; Karen Dowling of Simsboro; Angela Canterbury and husband, Clark, of Simsboro; Melane Slocum and husband, Kenny, of Simsboro; Lauren Dowling of Ruston; Lamar Dowling of Dallas, Texas; Anna Grace Dowling of Simsboro; and David Dowling of Simsboro; great-grandchildren - John Patrick Dowling, Liam Dowling, Ellie Dowling, Alyssa Dru McIntosh, Cullen McIntosh, Richard Canterbury, Sydney Canterbury, and Eli Slocum; sister, Mary Smart of Arcadia; and brother, Don Watson of Pointe, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, Garland and Minnie Mae Watson; siblings, Janice Watson and James Watson; husband of 62 years, Lamar Dowling; son, Scott Dowling; and granddaughters, Aimee Dowling and Melissa Dowling.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Dusty Dowling, Lamar Dowling, David Dowling, Trey McIntosh, Clark Canterbury, and Kenny Slocum. Honorary Pallbearers are the ladies of the Laura Strain Sunday School Class.

A special thank you from our family to Dr. Ben Grigsby; Melissa Schroeder, her private nurse, who was a Godsend to our family; her sitters, Toni Latham, Bonnie Critton, Barbara Cato, and Dorothy Davis; and Hospice of Caring Hearts.

Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 2, at Owens Chapel in Ruston, Louisiana. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Simsboro First Baptist Church Building Fund or Missions Fund. To leave a memorial message for the family, please visit www.owensmemorialfuneralhome.com.

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