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Diana Wynne (Beresford) McDowell

June 3, 1970 ~ March 19, 2022 (age 51)


Diana Wynne McDowell, 51, of Ryan, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, March 19, 2022, at the Regional Medical Center in Manchester.  She was born on June 3, 1970, in Cedar Rapids, the daughter of Robert and Carole (Kelso) Beresford. Diana was raised in the Troy Mills area and was a 1988 graduate of North Linn High School.


On July 16, 2004, Diana was united in marriage to Jeff McDowell in Galena, Illinois. The couple resided in Ryan where they raised their children.  For the past 15 years, Diana worked at the Community Savings Bank in Coggon.

She especially enjoyed organizing the senior coffee time at the bank each week.


Diana liked reading and taking long motorcycle rides with Jeff. She enjoyed spending time with friends and family at the campground. Diana loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them, especially her grandchildren.


Survivors include her husband, Jeff McDowell of Ryan; one son, Dan (Jessica) Lynch of Strawberry Point; a daughter, Rachel (Shae) Grady of Rossville, Georgia; two stepdaughters, Lindsey (Kory Nefzger) McDowell of Manchester and Alyssa (Tyler Krob) McDowell of Cedar Rapids; six grandchildren, Seth, Camren, and Alaina Lynch, Avery Gill, Kayden and Grayson Grady, with one on the way; two brothers, Robert (Nan) Beresford of Blairsville, Georgia and Kevin Beresford of Walker; two sisters, Teri (Phil) Mosher of Walker and Jennifer (Sean) Gill of Wellman; and her lifelong friend, Amy Barrette of Coggon.


Diana was preceded in death by her parents.

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March 24, 2022

2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Leonard-Muller Funeral Home
1500 North Franklin Street
Manchester, IA 52057

Memorial Service
March 25, 2022

10:00 AM
Leonard-Muller Funeral Home
1500 North Franklin Street
Manchester, IA 52057

Inurnment following Memorial Service

Troy Mills Cemetery
3377-3397 Walker Road
Walker, IA 52352