Kathy “Mikki” McDowell

August 24, 2019


One of the strongest most amazing woman anyone could ever know, Kathy (Mikki) McDowell lost her long time battle with cancer in the early morning hours of August 24, 2019. She never stopped fighting all the way to the end. That is the type of person she was. A fighter! 
She lived every day with a smile on her face and found humor in almost every situation. Whether it was blasting Bohemian Rhapsody in the ICU at the hospital when her sister was ill, dancing to "Oh Mickey, You're so fine" every time she saw her niece at work, and so many other crazy moments in between, she always found a way to lighten up a room, a mood, or any situation. 
A longtime employee of Texas Roadhouse in Columbia, she absolutely loved her job and the people she worked with. Most of whom became like family to her. 
That was another thing that made her so amazing. The love in her heart that she wore on her sleeve. If she cared about someone, that person never doubted it. She made sure to let anyone she cared about know how much she loved them. Even up until her last moments, "I Love You" were the words she continued to say constantly to her family that stayed by her side the last few weeks. There was never a doubt that she loved with all of her heart and those that she loved and cared about were truly the most lucky people on this Earth. 
Kathy (Mikki) loved watching The Walking Dead, Live PD and cooking shows whenever she could. She loved to cook and her recipes were never anything short of phenomenal.  She loved surprises, and doing things for others. Most of all, she loved spending time with her daughter and her family. She truly lived her life to the fullest with a heart of Gold. Her family and friends will miss every little thing about her and the world is definitely a little less brighter without her.

She is survived by her daughter, Grace Elizabeth Ward; Twin Brother, Kevin McDowell, Big Sister, Debbie Cathcart; Brother Sean Murphy; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Christa and Ray McDowell. 

Kathy's Memorial service and internment will be held at Ft. Jackson National Cemetery on Friday September 13th, 2019. 
Address: 4170 Percival Road
               Columbia, SC 29229

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