Helen McDowell

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Helen McDowell was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend who went home to be with the Lord on December 7, 2016 at the age of 88 years old. She was born in Griffin, Georgia on February 27, 1928 to the late Clifford Patrick, Sr. and Anna Mae (Robert) Ison.

Helen moved to Columbus, Ohio in 1953 and began work as a child care provider. She later became employed for Columbus City Schools where she continued her love of working with children and was also a Booster Club parent for the Mohawk Marching Band.

She was a member of the Central Community House and Licking County Senior Programs where she enjoyed social events such as: attending movies, dinner outings, proms, trips, games and holiday festivities. Her favorite games to play with friends were corn hole and dominoes.

Helen’s favorite movies were Fried Green Tomatoes, Home Alone (Lost in New York) and all Tyler Perry productions. Her evening routine consisted of watching the 10 tv 6 o’clock evening news, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. She never missed World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) nor OSU Buckeye Football. Each Saturday she looked forward to dressing up in her Buckeye gear to watch the games.

She accepted Christ at an early age and has been a dedicated member of Greater Ebenezer Cathedral of Praise for 51 years. Helen was affectionately known as Mother McDowell and Sister Mac. Over the years she served as the president of the Missionary Department and Pastor’s Aide Committee, Sunday School Secretary, and member of the Jubilee Choir. She loved her pastor and church family dearly.

Helen was proceeded in death by her loving parents Clifford Patrick, Sr. and Anna Mae (Robert) Ison; brothers, Clifford Patrick II and Emma Walton. She leaves to cherish her memories 4 daughters, Shirley A. Aekins, Charlene Jackson, Madalyn J. Hairston, and Michelle (Kenny) Reynolds; siblings Bonnie Harper, Ernestine(Gene) Robinson, Rev Harry and Ina Patrick, Willie Patrick, Clifford( Angela) Patrick and Deborah Patrick(Eric) Hickerson; grandchildren, Tamika (Daryll) Scott, Jo Edna McDowell, Kyle Sims, Brandon Aekins, Kenneth (Jasmine) Reynolds, Terrell Hairston; 11 great grandchildren; 8 step-grandchildren; guardian angels, Nona Hollingsworth, Phyllis Smith, and Rubye D. Mayle; The Palmer family and a host of other family members and friends.

Special thanks to Bishop William C. Reynolds and The Greater Ebenezer family, Able Support Services (Mona, Chuck, Regina, Adjuwa, Cynthia, Juanita, and Christina), Speech Therapist, Mary Dickson, VPA (Dr. Robin Newburn), OSU and Mount Carmel East Hospitals, and Wexner Heritage Village.

Visitation 6pm and Home Going Service 7pm, Tuesday December 13, 2016 at Greater Ebenezer Cathedral of Praise 2645 Fairwood Ave.  Eulogist, Bishop William C. Reyonlds.  Interment 10am Wednesday December 14, 2016 at Greenlawn Cemetery.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Kimberly k Carter

    Earth has no sorrow that heaven can’t heal. Praying for the family

  2. FAMILY
    I LOVE EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU. I WAS BLESSED TO BE ABLE TO BE ADOPTED INTO YOUR FAMILY. MS. HELEN WAS ONE OF A KIND, AND I SEE A PART OF HER IN EACH ONE OF YOU SHEL, CHARLENE, MADALYN AND MICHELLE.
    MAY GOD BRING YOU PEACE AND COMFORT IN THE MANY DAYS TO COME.
    SHE WAS A FIGHTER, WARRIOR, AND AND NOW YOUR GUARDIAN ANGEL.
    YOUR MOTHER WAS A BLESSING TO EVERYONE WHO KNEW HER.
    MS. HELEN I’VE BEEN RUNNING FOR JESUS A LONG TIME BUT I’M NOT TIRED YET. I JUST LOVED TO HEAR YOU SING THAT SONG.
    REST ON.

  3. Barbara Beech-Brown

    To Michelle Reynolds and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you mourn the loss of your mother. I pray that the fond memories of her will help ease your pain. Barbara Beech-Brown

  4. Sorry for your loss love u guys

  5. Shirley and family I just found out Helen passed. We are lifting you all up. Jesus will fill the void. Weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning. Stay close to God!

    Love you all,
    Cousin Jackie

  6. Jacqueline Wilson - Valdez

    Charlene, as I received the news of your moms transition my heart broke for you and your sisters. Your mom was a beautiful woman of God. I pray for peace & comfort to surround you all. My sincerest condolences. Grace & peace.

    The Wilson-Valdez Family

  7. Janet Kimble Smith

    Shirley, Charlene, Madalyn & Michelle want you to know I have been in i constant pray for you all, I am one who can say I know what you feel, While you will never get over it you will get through it with God’s help, Earth had no sorrow that heaven cannot heal, rely on God to get you through and I and my family is just a call away, love you, Tootie

  8. My heart cries because we have lossed an Angel. I pray strength for the family and my condolences and prayers go out to the family. Sis Mcdowell, a huge General in the kingdom of God, has completed her assignment. I will miss all the good times at Ebernezer Apostolic church and now G.E.A F.C….Sis Mcdowell singing her songs and having a awesome time praising and worshipping God. She will be greatly missed.
    To the Family, God knows every pain and hurt, and He will never leave us or forsake us. Be Encouraged and know that She is in a better place. Love you…Sis Lisa Wilson

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