Carrol Diane McDowell


Carrol Diane McDowell, beloved wife, daughter, sister, mother, and fighter. She was called to heaven too soon on December 25, 2021. At the young age of 45 years old.

Carrol was born January 29,1976 in Cleveland, Ohio to Carolyn Black and Carlos Johnson. She was a graduate of Jane Adams High School in Cleveland, Ohio.   She also attended Lincoln West high school where she met her now husband and partner of 28 years, Karl McDowell. Carrol and Karl had three daughters. They moved to Columbus in 2004 to settle down and raise their children. Carrol was all about family from the beginning to the end. She loved her family dearly and was happiest when she could watch a scary movie or an old school show like, “Good Times”, “The Cosby Show”, or “The Jeffersons” with her loved ones.

Not only was she the best mom ever; she would send her children a, “Good morning, I love you” text first thing every morning. But, she was also a wonderful wife. Carrol’s husband, Karl, owes her everything because she made him the man he is today. He loved coming home to her hugs, back rubs, and warm embraces. Carrol’s friends and colleagues would describe her as, “Courageous and caring, ambitious, reliable, radiant, loyal and loving, and a quiet firecracker”. Carrol will be remembered for her stylish ways. She could make a t-shirt and jogging pants look good because of her big, beautiful eyes and infectious smile. She will also be remembered for her picky eating. She liked her toast on the brink of being burnt, her eggs and chicken fried extra hard, and there better not be ANY milk, butter, or cheese in her food. But most of all, she will be remembered for the impact she had on the lives of her loved ones.

Carrol’s memory will be kept alive by her adoring eternal husband, Karl McDowell; children: Shana, Shyenne, and Shanell McDowell; Mother, Carolyn Black; and her younger brothers:  Thomas Black and Deandre Price.









A viewing will be held at 1pm at Marlan Gary Chapel of Peace. Followed by a celebration of
Carrol’s life at 2pm. MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave. (one block east of Noe Bixby, turn North on Lonsdale Rd.). Interment at Union Cemetery.


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Condolence Messages

  1. My prayers are with you all, I can’t imagine your pain losing such an amazing, fun, sassy, fiery women. Carrol was so special and was truly a vibe, a light to so many lives. We had so many laughs and I’m so sad well never laugh together again. Heaven is a little brighter now.

  2. Linda Fitzgerald

    My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the peace that you seek. May my condolences bring you comfort and may my prayers ease the pain of this loss. I offer you my thoughts, prayers and well-wishes during this dark time in your life. Love you’ll like family I am here for you Karl and kids.

    Linda & Alan Fitzgerald

  3. My deepest condolences goes to Carrol’s family. I ask that an abundance of strength be given to daughhters. All that she was, was because of you three. Her strenght to fight was to see another day to hear you all voice and see you smile. Karl, I thank you for standing in love with Carrol and fighting with her to the end. To her mother Carolyn and brothers Thomas and “The DRE” as Carrol has always called him. I pray that comfort finds you knowing, she’s no longer in pain and suffering. I love you all
    – Lameika Jones

  4. I’m so very sorry for your loss. It is our prayer that God will comfort you and your whole family during this sad time. May he richly bless you as you mourn, and may the light of His presence be a continual source of consolation.

  5. We would like to extend our condolences to the family.
    May you draw comfort from God as he help you to cope with the heavyweight of your loss. Truly sorry for your loss.

  6. Christopher S Manning Sr.

    You came into my life as a little girl as we were next door neighbors. My skinny little sister that would always be wanting to roll your eyes then sit on my porch, my beautiful little sister that made an impact on my life by being there for me as my little sister. When I moved to California you said “Don’t act up bro I want you to be great.” Gave me a hug and off I went. I’ll always love you little sister we’ll see each other again, until then rest well job well done. I love you

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