Joyce Annette Clark Dowdy, 72, a resident of Auburndale, Fla., passed into her eternal life in heaven on Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, due to cancer.
Joyce was born March 12, 1940, in Jamestown, N.Y., to Arthur and Lilo (Weatherly) Clark.
She was an Auburndale resident since 1970 coming from Ohio. She grew up in Bemus Point, N.Y., graduating from high school class of 1958. After marriage to Boyd Linamen, they moved to Florida, where she raised her family. Later, she married William ''Pete'' Dowdy in 1989.
One of the greatest joys in her life was knowing Jesus as her personal savior and friend. Her faith in God was a sustaining force in her life. She attended the Family Worship Center in Lakeland, was a longtime volunteer with Angels for Hope, crocheting angels for those in need of hope and reassurance that they were loved.
Joyce enjoyed working in the yard and had been employed for many years in horticulture at Sea World in Orlando and boardwalk/baseball.
She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Tami Dawn Linamen Hicks in 1985 as the result of an automobile accident, which also took the life of a dear friend, Ruth Phipps; brothers: Donald and Chuck Clark; sisters: Ruth Clark and Shirley LeBaron; and many other family and friends.
She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Willi-am ''Pete'' Dowdy of Auburndale, Fla.; three sons: Terry Ronald (Leoa) Linamen of Winter Haven, Fla., Tim Donald (Lisa) Linamen of Auburndale, Fla., and Todd David (Elaine) Linamen of Auburndale, Fla.; two stepsons: William Allen Dowdy of Winter Haven, Fla., and Timothy Wade (Kim) Dowdy of Winter Haven, Fla.; and many grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
There are no services scheduled for Mrs. Dowdy at this time.
Arrangements are by Kersey Funeral Home, 108 E. Lake Stella Drive, Auburndale, FL 33823. (863) 967-1167.