Patricia DeAnn McDowell

Patricia D. “Pat” or “Patty” McDowell

Aug. 14, 1945 – March 25, 2012

Pat McDowell, 66, of Harrisonville, formerly of Kansas City, MO, died March 25, 2012, at Kansas City Hospice House, surrounded by family. After a long and hard-fought struggle with COPD and heart disease, Patty’s final breaths were peaceful.

When not working as a seasonal IRS employee, Pat was a homemaker, providing amazing dinners (her fried chicken and brisket the stuff of legends). Creative in all ways, her home was beautifully decorated; she sewed her girls’ clothing when they were young, and when grandchildren came along, she turned to baby blankets and cross-stitch; she was a blue-ribbon quilter and had a room devoted to sewing in her home. Pat was also a hard-to-beat Scrabble and poker player. She was happiest surrounded by family and friends.

Patty was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband and best friend of 44 years, Duncan McDowell, who died from lung cancer in 2007; and her dear friend, Martha. Patty is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Janice and John Corder, of Raymore; her daughters, Kelly McDowell Astarita and fiance Lyle Kinnett; Kathleen and Harold Stander, all of Kansas City North, and Kim and Murad Hasam, of Harrisonville; grandchildren (her pride and joy): Estee, Ryan, Kiersten, Elizabeth, Molly, Aliyah, and Jaeda; favorite niece and nephew, Shawna Russo and Chad Corder; beloved aunts and uncles and brothers and sisters-in-law throughout the US; cousins too numerous to count; and quilting friends and card buddies.

At Patty’s request, no formal funeral service will be held; rather, a Celebration of Life will be shared at the McDowell home in Harrisonville from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 14. All are welcome. Come hungry! Donations may be made to Kansas City Hospice House, 12000 Wornall Road, KCMO 64145, or Harrisonville Parks and Recreation.


  1. Tim Beale on March 28, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    I remember Patty giving me a perm–I would not sit still and she kept pushing me down on my butt! It was so funny. I am so sorry for your loss.


  2. Kathleen Stander on March 27, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Mommy, I will love you forever. There is a piece of my heart that is missing.
    I am going to take good care of your sewing and quilting materials; in fact, I am going to learn to quilt!!!! Thank you so much for being my cheerleader through the years, and supporting me throughout my teaching and writing careers. I will continue your legacy of feeding anyone who is hungry and playing SCRABBLE as often as possible.
    Rest in peace, Mommy.
    Your “favorite” 😉

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