Mary Elizabeth Dowd

Mary Elizabeth Dowd

May 18, 1948 – April 6, 2022

Mary Elizabeth (Stewart) Dowd, 73, of Austin, TX and Omaha, NE passed away on April 6, 2022, in Austin, TX.

Born Mary Elizabeth Stewart on May 18, 1948 to Edward Thompson Stewart and Mary Ellen Kenny Stewart of Omaha, NE. Mary made many lifelong, dear friends while attending Marian High School and Creighton University where she earned a degree in Journalism. She met her husband, Bill, in 1968 and they married in 1970. They lived in Omaha, where they raised their three children, until 2005 when they began spending half of their time in Austin.

At 5’0” tall, her family and friends will remember Mary as small but mighty. Her peaceful strength provided great comfort to those she held close. She was funny, sweet, and generous with her time, often dropping everything to help her family and friends or volunteering for the Ladies of Charity Lake Travis Thrift Shop. She was an avid reader who put her clever curiosity to work for several years at the Omaha Public Library. A lifelong learner, she had a wealth of knowledge and wisdom and could break down a Nebraska Cornhusker football game better than the pros.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, William Maurice Dowd; children: Samuel Stewart Dowd (Jenny), Michaela Elizabeth Dowd (Chris Morgan), and Anne Cathleen Dowd; one grandchild, Hazel Elizabeth Morgan; aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Mary’s body was laid to rest at Calvary Cemetery in Omaha, NE on April 12, 2022, following the celebration of Mass at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church. Please join with family and friends at a Memorial of the Celebration of Mary’s Life at 1:30pm on May 14th at Queen of Angels chapel in Spicewood, TX.  In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Foundation for Women’s Cancer, with messages requesting initiatives to promote screenings for post-menopausal women.



  • Paul L McCandless Posted April 7, 2022 3:11 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. Know that we are praying for her and all of your family in this time of sorrow. May God give you strength, faith and hope to cope with your loss.

  • Mary Ellen Dodds Posted April 7, 2022 3:50 pm

    Please accept my sympathy in the passing of your very special wife and mother, Mary. She was a favorite of mine during our shared work years at the Lake Travis Thrift Shop in Lakeway, Texas. She will be remembered fondly. Mary Ellen Dodds

  • Stan Schoch Posted April 7, 2022 3:58 pm

    Our hearts go out to you and the family at this difficult time. God Bless you all.

  • David Goodyear Posted April 7, 2022 5:41 pm

    Deepest sympathies on the loss of your wonderful wife.

  • Jim & Evonne Maguire Posted April 7, 2022 6:17 pm

    Words cannot capture the deep sorrow we felt when we learned of Mary’s passing. We will always remember her warm spirit, gentle nature and strength of character. Our prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time.

  • Nancy and Max Maust Posted April 7, 2022 8:34 pm

    Everyone should have a friend like Mary-caring, kind and sweet. Gone too soon. We cherish the memories of the good times. Rest in peace, Mary.

  • Nancy Maust Posted April 8, 2022 6:48 am

    Everyone should have a friend like Mary–caring, kind and sweet. Gone too soon. Rest in peace, Mary

  • Rich Tegels Posted April 8, 2022 11:03 am

    Sam, sorry to hear about the passing of your mother, our prayers are with you.

  • Berwyn Posted April 8, 2022 11:34 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. It is hard to imagine loosing a life-long partner. Bill you led our team so much like a father figure that you made us feel like a part of your family. Please keep in touch knowing you are appreciated and loved by so many. May your memories of your time with Mary keep you smiling.

  • Don Connors Posted April 8, 2022 3:04 pm

    I am very sorry to hear of you loss Bill. I know that you have many friends and family members who care deeply about you. I hope to catch up with you in the future.

  • Nicole Perkowitz Posted April 8, 2022 6:15 pm

    Im so sorry to hear about the lpss of your beloved mother. Holding you all in my heart.

  • Ed Power Posted April 9, 2022 6:45 am

    I am so sorry Bill to hear about Mary’s passing. You have my deepest sympathy and prayers.

  • PATTI AND BOB BELL Posted April 11, 2022 8:04 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Mary was such a good friend to Patti and Bob so loved to talk sports with Mary, knowing she was the true expert. There will always be fond memories in our hearts for Mary.

  • Gary Seitz Posted April 11, 2022 8:50 am

    Please accept my sincerest sympathies on your loss. Having experienced the loss of a spouse, I understand your emotions. My prayers are with you and your family.

  • Susan & Dann Kramer Posted April 11, 2022 7:08 pm

    So shocked & saddened to hear about Mary Liz. Our love, thoughts & prayers are with you & know you will find comfort & joy in all the memories you share.

  • Michelle Dowd Posted April 12, 2022 11:59 am

    Mike and I are so incredibly sad to learn about Aunt Mary’s passing. Sending much love to all family and friends.

  • Sam Dodson Posted April 12, 2022 3:09 pm

    Dear Bill,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Mary was such a special force of grace. My prayers for you and your whole family.

  • Ken Nelson Posted April 18, 2022 10:02 pm

    Bill, so sorry to hear of Mary passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  • Stephanie Newman Posted May 15, 2023 7:00 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss…prayers are with you!

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