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Temple Johnson Dowell



 Temple Rae Gray  Johnson Dowell.  Our parents cast long shadows over our lives.  When we grow up, we imagine that we can walk in the sun, free of them.  We don’t realize, until it’s too late, that we have no choice in the matter;  they’re always ahead of us.  We carry them within us all our lives—in the shape of our face, the way we walk, the sound of our voice, our skin, our hair, our hands, our heart.  We try all our lives to separate ourselves from them, and only when they are gone do we find we are indivisible.  Mrs. Dowell passed away on Saturday, August 3, 2013.  Born in Brownfield, Texas, on May 28, 1930, she was the daughter of Forrest Mobley Gray and Joy Rae Gray.  Living most of her life in Jacksonville, Texas, she was a graduate of Jacksonville High School.  Following high school, she attended Mary Hardin Baylor University majoring in Art.  She was married to Norris E. Johnson, living their married life in Pasadena, Texas.  Temple worked for Champion Paper and the A.B. Freeman Elementary school in Pasadena.  An active supporter of the Pasadena ISD as well as all activities at the South Houston High School where all of her children graduated, she was also active in South Houston Little League, Teenage Baseball, Arlington Heights garden club and the Pasadena Art League.  She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Norris Johnson, brother, Art Gray,  brother-in-law, Dale Robins, and son-in-law, Randy  Mobbs.  Mrs. Dowell is survived by her four children, Mary Newman and husband, Blake of Frisco, TX, Katie Nassar and husband, Tony of San Antonio, TX, Tina  Mobbs   of Friendswood, TX, and Joe Johnson and wife, Dawn of Friendswood, TX; 9 grandchildren, Jamie Vance and husband, Matt, Benjamin Nassar, Heather Thompson and husband, Paul, Derek Platt, Anna Nassar, Hollie Mobbs, Jordan Johnson, and Dawson Johnson, and Greta Newman ( a golden doodle);  3 great grandchildren, Grace Vance, Liam Vance, and Christian Nassar;  sister,  Dixie Robins; sister-in-law, Nelda Gray of Fairfield, TX.  Visitation will be on Tuesday, August 6, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Vaughan’s Funeral Home.  Graveside Services will be on Wednesday, August 7 at the Taylor Cemetery in  Gallatin, TX at 2:00 p.m. 


Visitation Information

Visitation Start
Tuesday, Aug 6, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Visitation End

Visitation Location
Vaughan's Funeral Home

Additional Visitation Information

The Visitation for Temple Rae  Gray Johnson Dowell will be on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Vaughan's Funeral Home.

Service Information

Service Date
Wed., Aug. 7, 2:00 p.m.

Service Location
Taylor Cemetery, Gallatin, Texas

Additional Service Information

The Graveside Service for Temple Dowell will be on Wednesday, August 7, at 2:00 p.m. at the Taylor Cemetery in Gallatin, Texas.



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Jorge Nassar Sr.
Mother-in-law to our son
Katie, Tony, Ben, Anna, and Christian, We are so sorry for your loss. We loved Temple so much. She was a Jewel every time that we were around her. She will be missed by everyone. Love you all, Dad and Debra
Lorrie Green Koster
Texas City
Heard the sad news of Temple's passing by a family friend. I was childhood friends with her daughter Katie. I was at her house almost as much as I was at my own. Remembering the good times growing up in South Houston. Temple was a kind, loving, hard-working mother to all her children. My mother drove Temple to the hospital when she was pregnant with "Little" Joe. I remember when cute little Tina was born, and I was in awe of Mary who was always off to Galveston to surf or getting ready for some fabulous party. To Katie and everyone...you all are in my thoughts and prayers. I wish I could have gone to your mother's funeral. She was a beautiful woman and will be greatly missed.
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