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Lorraine Shirley McDowellÂ died on Sept. 16, 2012 after a courageousÂ battle withÂ multiple myeloma.
She was born July 11, 1962 in Syracuse, N.Y. She grew up in Emporium, where she graduated from Cameron County High School in 1981.
Lori attended Houghton College, earned a Bachelors in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and worked as an advocate for victims of domestic violence and with the Pennsylvania State University Cooperative Extension as an advocate for at-risk children.Â LaterÂ sheÂ went back to the Pitt-Bradford campus to gain an education degree. InÂ recent years, LoriÂ taught sixth and seventh grade science at Culpeper Middle SchoolÂ in Culpeper, Va., after several years teaching elementary schoolÂ in Rappahanock County.Â She loved being an educator, enjoyed the friendships of her colleagues and took great joy in seeing her students learn and grow.
Lori'sÂ son LeoÂ was the center of her life.Â She took great pride in him and enjoyedÂ every moment they could spendÂ together.Â She alsoÂ loved to read, was the "queen of Sodoku"Â and loved to spend timeÂ with friends and family.Â Â She will be remembered for her unbridled laughter and sense of humor,Â storytelling abilityÂ and her love of family and friends.Â Â
Lori is survived by her son, Leo; her mother, Mary Freda (McDowell) Griffith; her three brothers, Daniel (Terri) McDowell, Timothy (Katie) McDowell, and JohnÂ McDowell; two sisters, Pamela (Rodney) Rees and Susan (Isaac)Â Smith; as well as her beloved aunts and uncles and numerous cousins and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Walter Earl McDowell; and her beloved grandparents, Theodore and Muriel McDowell.
A service for Lorraine Shirley McDowellÂ will be held onÂ Saturday, Oct.Â 13, 2012 at 4 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Emporium. The family will receive visitors immediately following the service in the fellowship hall.
To honor Lori, the family requests that donations be made in her name to the Multiple Myeloma Foundation or the University of Virginia Emily Couric Cancer Center. A Service was also held in Culpeper on September 20.