Mary Kathryn Dowling traveled the world while raising her family

Thursday, February 6, 2014 | 10:02 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Mary Kathryn Dowling of Columbia died Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. She was 78 years old.

Mrs. Dowling was born Nov. 1, 1935, to Parker and Lillian (Leight) Adams.

She married James John Dowling, Jr. on Dec. 28, 1957 in House Springs.

Mrs. Dowling worked as a registered nurse at Missouri State School and Hospital. She retired after more than two decades.

She raised four children while traveling around the world with her husband, who was an officer in the U.S. Air Force.

Mrs. Dowling is survived by four children, Mary Margaret Halliburton and her husband, Michael, of Columbia, James Parker Dowling and his wife, Mary, of Indianapolis, Kathleen Rene Dowling, of Columbia, and Michael Sean Dowling and his wife, Karin, of Santa Rosa, Calif.; two siblings, John Adams and his wife, Michelle, of Denver, and Virginia Rustia-Dione and her husband, Duane, of Kenosha, Wis.; eight grandchildren, Amanda Morris and her husband, William, of Indianapolis, Christopher Robert Dowling and his wife, Miranda, of Columbia, Dominique Marie Brown and her husband, Michael, of Lee's Summit, Thomas Michael Teel, of Harrisburg, Kenneth Michael Halliburton, of Ashland, Jazzlyn Dowling, Adam Dowling, and David Dowling, all of Santa Rosa, Calif.; nine great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law Ellie Dowling.

Her husband, James, and her brother-in-law, Jack, died earlier.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 903 Bernadette Drive. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will take place Monday, Feb. 10, in Higginsville Veterans Cemetery, 20109 Business Highway 13.

Memorial contributions can be made to American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or Coyote Hill Christian Children's Home.

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