Eva R. Dowd, 'Pinky' age 94, passed away on October 30, at home, surrounded by her loving family.

Mrs. Dowd was born June 19, 1922, to John and Mattie Brown Richardson. She and her beloved Robert Dowd were married on November 21, 1942.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mattie Brown Richardson, her husband, Robert P. Dowd, her grandson, Ben Bryant Dowd and her sister Ethel R. Trotter.

Robert and Pinky began Poverty Hill Nursery in 1965. Pinky was a registered nurse for 45 years. She began her nursing career at McCain caring for tuberculosis patients. After this she worked at Moore County Hospital, now First Health, caring for many patients on Jackson Hall and educating many young nurses, finally ending her nursing career as  Dr. Francis Owens' nurse until their retirement.

She is survived by daughters, Ann (Robert) Medlin of West End, Harriet (Jerry) Wicker of West End, sons, Pete (Julia) Dowd of Carthage, John Dowd of Whispering Pines, Neil (Tara) Dowd of West End, and Tom Dowd of Biscoe; thirteen grandchildren, Jeremy Medlin, Robin Mosso, Peter Dowd, Jonathan Dowd, Sara Dowd, Abigail Dowd, Jake Dowd, Hannah Midgett, Erin Harris, Andy Davis,  Emily Davis, and Molly Dowd; great grandchildren, Andrew Medlin, Ava Medlin, Luke Dowd, Camryn Harris, Cassidy Harris, Jackson Harris, Bryant Harris, Medley Davis, Andianna Davis, and Mason Davis; brother Earl (Alice) Richardson, sisters Era Mae Rickman, Carletta Cagle, Georgia Bean and a host of dear nieces, nephews and friends.

The funeral will be 2:00 pm Wednesday, November 2, at Manly Presbyterian Church with a visitation beginning at 1:00 in the fellowship hall. The burial will be at Pinelawn Cemetery on Morganton Road in Southern Pines, NC.

Memorials to Manly Presbyterian Church, 544 Yadkin Road, Southern Pines, NC 28387, or to FirstHealth Hospice Foundation, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374.

Powell Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Dowd family.

Condolences may be made at PinesFunerals.com

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  1. Our families were friends for many years. Many memories. A spunky lady and friend has gone to a better place. To all the family, my condolences and prayers.

  2. I am so profoundly sorry with Pinky’s passing. Whenever I went to Dad’s office Pinky and Maude were there and you knew you could count on them always. My sister, Lynda, loved to go to Pinky’s and look and lust over her treasures. The jars of buttons that

  3. So sorry to learn of death of Eva. She was a sweet second cousin and I loved her. Sympathy to all the kids and grandkids. brother and sisters. Praying for peace at this difficult time. You are all in my thoughts.

  4. I only had the pleasure of knowing Mrs. Dowd for a short time & during that time i saw the love this lady had for life, her family & friends! What a blessing. because that’s all that really matters! Rest now sweet lady & enjoy your reward in heaven! Love

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