INDIANOLA, Nebraska -- Catherine "Joy" Dow, 87, passed away Wednesday (Oct. 27, 2010), at the Christian Homes Care Community in Holdrege, Nebraska.
Joy was born on Feb. 24, 1923, on the family farm in Red Willow County, Nebraska to Herbert and Sarah (Evans) Hedges. She graduated from Indianola High School in 1941.
On June 20, 1948, she was united in marriage to Russell J. Dow. They made their home in Indianola where Russell was the postmaster and Joy was a busy mother and homemaker for their three sons.
Joy was a member of the Rotarians and VFW Auxiliary. She was an avid antique collector and loved all kinds of music and dance.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Herbert and Sarah Hedges; her husband, Russell Dow on Jan. 11, 1998; brothers, Gordon, Gerace, Winston and Robert; sisters, Janice, Mamie, Wilford and Helen.
Survivors include her three sons, Don Dow and wife, Donna of Lubbock, Texas, Ken Dow of Indianola, and DeWane Dow and wife, Anita of Holdrege; grandchildren, Jamie and husband, Tom Nethery of Port Charlotte, Florida, Kelly Valladao and wife, Donna Kay of Lubbock, Evan and Aaron Dow of Holdrege; great-grandchildren, Keldon, Casey, Ryan, Hailey, Brian, Debbie, Daniel, Josh and Sarah; numerous nieces, nephews; and a host of family and friends.
Memorials may be given to the Indianola Fire and Rescue Dept. or the Christian Homes Care Community of Holdrege.
Friends may sign her book at the funeral home during business hours or send condolences to the family at www.carpenterbreland.com.
Memorial services are Monday, 10:30 a.m., at the Indianola Christian Church with Jerry Beckenhauer officiating. Inurnment will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Indianola.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of the arrangements.