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Vanessa Jodale McDowell

Vanessa Jodale McDowell, 58, of Sylva, passed away Tuesday August 4, 2020. A native and lifelong resident of Jackson County, she was the daughter of Yvonne Bryson McDowell of Sylva and the late Joe Louis McDowell. She was a member of Liberty Baptist Church  and in addition to her father was also preceded in death by a son Devin McDowell. 

She is survived by two sons- Josh (Amy) McDowell of Franklin and Casey McDowell of Sylva

5 Grandchildren- K.Sha Giles, Timmy McDowell, Cassie McDowell, Graceland McDowell and James Louis McDowell

1 Brother- Walter McDowell of Sylva

and several nieces and nephews also survive

Services will be announced

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Rest in peace, sweet friend. I will miss your smile and conversations.

Kathy Hensley Alexander Aug 8 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Vanessa McDowell

Kathy Hensley Alexander Aug 8 2020 12:00 AM

Sorry very sorry for your loss Ms. Yonnie, Josh, Casey, and family, Vanessa was a great friend. She and I was both in the Marching Band. She marched behind me. She would step on my flag sometimes as we was twirling. She also worked at Taco Bell with me and i always picked her up in the mornings. The was a friend to everyone. She always smiled even though she did not feel well she would stop and ask how you was doing. May she RIP until you meet again. She will be a shining start up in Heaven. Love Margie Pettigrew Stephans

Margie Stephans Aug 5 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Vanessa McDowell

Margie Stephans Aug 5 2020 12:00 AM

Ms. Yonnie, Josh, Casey, Walt grandbabies and extended family, I am deeply saddened to hear of Vanessa's passing! She was always very kind and caring for the kids and I and a ball of happiness and fun! I know each of you take comfort in knowing, as do I, that she's with the Lord and I count her among one of the many blessings to have brightened my life and grieve her loss with you. I know she's at peace and no more pain or sickness and Marilyn was right there to greet her and they've been strolling the hills of Glory already! May God be with each of you and may you feel her love and her Spirit around you in days ahead! Love Always, Judy, Whitney and Kodi

Judy D. Wilkey, Charlotte NC Aug 5 2020 12:00 AM

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