Monday, Jun 24, 2019

Alma Ruth MacDowell

03/07/1919 - 12/12/2014

Alma Ruth MacDowell, 95, Rockford, formerly of Aurora, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, at Rosewood Care Center, Rockford.

She was born March 7, 1919, to Charles and Edith (Smith) Lepperd in Coatesville, Penn.

On Aug. 8, 1944, she married Frederic MacDowell in Pottstown, Penn.

She was the director for the YWCA in Aurora until retirement. She was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Aurora, the P.E.O. Club and numerous volunteer organizations.

Survivors include a daughter, Meg (Arthur) Kruckenberg, Harvard; two sons, Ric MacDowell, West Virginia, and Jeffrey MacDowell, Iowa; five grandchildren, Adam (Carri) Kruckenberg, Nicolas (Erin) Kruckenberg, Molly (Andrew) Aird, Amy (Robert) Sachs and Bret Kruckenberg; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1971 and a brother, Norman Lepperd.

The funeral was Dec. 17 at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, Aurora.

The burial was private.

Memorial donations can be made to the P.E.O. International Scholarship Fund or Westminster Presbyterian Church in Aurora.

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