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Venola "Nummie" Dowd

December 14, 1926 February 24, 2019
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Venola Nummie Dowd

She was born December 14, 1926 at the Yurok village of Pecwan. Her parents were a-wok Lena Reed McCovey and a-wok William McCovey. She was one of 9 children. Growing up, Nummie was closest to her elder sister a-wok Adeline McCovey Jones and would often stay with her after she married and moved out on her own. She attended Sherman high Indian boarding school until 10th grade.

In 1947 Nummie married her lifelong partner a-wok the late Frank “Puzzy” Dowd Sr. Together they had 7 children. The couple moved their family to Crescent City after the flood of 64 washed away their home in Klamath. They lived a modest, subtle life. Full of family and friends and loved ones. They would often travel to Trinidad to play bingo at Cher-ae Heights Casino where she was known as “Mrs. 58”. On their many late drives back home to Crescent City there was a tradition made of trying to catch the clock at 11:11 pm. That tradition still lives on today!

Nummie and Puzzy were very culturally active and regularly attended brush dance as well as high dances and other cultural events even Shaker Church. As a young girl she was raised in the Shaker Church. Nummie made several ceremonial girl’s dresses that would be worn by her daughter and granddaughter’s as well as generously loaned out to any girl’s who asked to wear one to participate in brush dance’s. As well as for educational purposes like demonstrations, youth groups etc.

Nummie spent a great deal of her life on the U.I.H.S. Board, CHRIB, and Inter Tribal California Council, as well as an advocate for JOM, and Indian Education. She was a teacher/ gather of our Yurok people’s traditional ways to anyone who was willing to learn. She taught many dress making classes. She was a proud member of the Resighini Rancheria and served as the tribe’s first Chairperson in 1975. As well as on the tribal council throughout the years.
Nummie was kind hearted and loved her family very much. She dedicated her life to her children, and then her grandchildren. As well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She loved them all unconditionally. Although she is greatly missed, she is reunited with her beloved husband a-wok Puzzy. Her memory as well as that of her beloved husband’s will forever live on for generations to come through her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and many other loved ones who’s lives she’s touched over the years.

Survived by her brother Donald McCovey. All seven of her children. Rhonda, Kathy, Frank, Gary, Rick (Tawny), Susan Gordon, Davy Dowd (Tammy). Grandchildren(partners) and great grandchildren –Chelsey (Johnny Provolt) Nateya, Sueveya, Adeline, Johnnie,Izzy Sr.(Kandis) Ryan, Justin, Cecila, Vincent, Ethan, Collin, Spaghe (Czarina) Dayton, Damian, Danner, Draiden, Rocky Sr, Quspien,Rocky jr, Moonchay (Timber) Myah, Wau-kela, Farrah, Autumn, Brody, Madison ( Jake Flynn) Roxann, Nikki (Jerimiah)Jenoah,Simiah, Zadien, Guy, Chmook sr, Chmook jr, Denise, Eli, Sahsep (Matt kat) Kyln, Kyah, Derick, Keshan, Kitkah, Mercedes, Kagama, Rick jr (Rachael) Ka-get, Josie, Range, Gerald,Anita, Braelyan, Jannie (Migel) London, Jessie, Ashley, Numikoy (Clifford Albers) Estelle, Eliza, Thomas (Jessica) Tara, Kesi, Jake. She is also survived by her lifelong friends Jeanette Eberheart, Myra Lowe, Debra Earls and numerous whole forest of family and friends up and down the river.

She is proceeded in death by her beloved husband a-wok Frank “Puzzy” Dowd sr. Her mother a-wok Lena Reed McCovey, father a-wok William McCovey. Her sisters a-wok Adeline McCovey Jones, a-wok Rose “hide’’ Scott, a-wok Evelina “Toots”Hoffman, Marie “Deedee” Lawson. Brothers a-wok Junior McCovey, a-wok Jerry McCovey. Her grandchildren a-wok Misty Dowd, a-wok Kaget Ricky Dowd, a-wok Tyler Dowd, a-wok Tara Gordon, a-wok Gerald Dowd.

Pallbears; Rocky Dowd, Izzy Dowd Sr., Damian Dowd, Gary Dowd, Kitkah Dowd, Davy Dowd,Thomas Gordon, and Rick Dowd Jr.

Honorary Pallbears; Roddy Dowd, Rick Dowd Sr., Guy Dowd, Ryan Dowd, Justin Dowd, Chmook Dowd, Ka-get Dowd, Derick Goodlin, Jessie Dowd, Jesse James, Johnny Provolt, Rob Kinney Sr, Issiac Kinney, Robert Kinney Jr, Javier Kinney, Phillip Vigil, Ralph Downs Jr, Willbear Carlson, Frank Gist Jr, Glen Moore.

We invite everyone to join us for a reception to be held at Elk Valley Rancheria Community Center.

Thank you to the Indian Shaker Church, Resighini Rancheria, and Elk Valley Rancheria for their contributions for helping our Dowd family.

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6:00 PM 2/28/2019 6:00:00 PM
Dowd Family Home

640 Fresno Street
Crescent City, CA 95531

Dowd Family Home
640 Fresno Street Crescent City 95531 CA
United States

Funeral Service




11:00 AM 3/1/2019 11:00:00 AM
Cornerstone Assembly of God Church

1281 Douglas Street
Crescent City, CA 95531

Cornerstone Assembly of God Church
1281 Douglas Street Crescent City 95531 CA
United States

Cemetery Details


Del Norte County Veteran's Cemetery Final Resting Place

400 Cooper Avenue
Crescent City, CA 95531

400 Cooper Avenue Crescent City 95531 CA
United States

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