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Funeral services for Della Raye (Trekell) Dowell, 87, will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 22 at the Hunter United Methodist Church, Hunter, OK.  Pastors Michelle McCarty and Denise Graham will officiate. 
Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Enid, under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home, Pond Creek.
Della Raye (Trekell) Dowell was born on January 14th, 1930 to Milton and Floy Mae Trekell in Hunter, OK.  She attended Hunter schools where she met her future husband, Troy Dowell.  She and Troy were married on July 10, 1949.
Della Raye attended Oklahoma A&M where she graduated with a degree in Home Economics.  She later received degrees in English and Library Science from Phillips University. 
Mrs. Dowell taught in the Hunter and Pond Creek school systems from 1955 until her retirement in 1978.  After retiring from teaching she continued in the school as a substitute teacher and bus route driver. 
In July 1988 she began working for the Department of Human Services until her second retirement in December 1994, following the death of her husband, Troy. 
Della Raye had been active in the music department at the Hunter United Methodist Church for approximately 65 years. In recent years, she had also served at the Hunter Christian Church as well. She had played for numerous church services, weddings and funerals.
Della Raye was an accomplished seamstress, gardener and quilter. She was an avid sports fan, but especially loved her OSU Cowboys. She even got to attend and watch her team in a 2014 bowl game in Dallas. 
Della Raye was a loving and caring , mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Troy. 
Mrs. Dowell is survived by her children; Denise Neighbors, Damaris and Mel Hett,  Deryl and Sally Dowell,  Deanne Fort.
She was also a proud grandmother to Kelly (Wade) Wienstroer, Janelle (Jon) Claborn, Lizbeth Carreiro, Chris Bruning, Lacie (Matt) Patterson, Chelsea, Hayley, Troy Fort, and Dylan and Jacob Patterson.
She was also great-grandmother to Logan Hall, Alison and Madilyn Bruning, Daxon Carreiro, Kade Wienstroer, and Drew and Anne Claborn.
She is also survived by her brothers, Warren and Les Trekell.
She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Memorials may be made through the funeral home to the Hunter United Methodist Church or Hunter Christian Church.
Published on December 20, 2017
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