Service measured not by GOLD,
                           but by the GOLDEN RULE

Service measured not by GOLD,
          but by the GOLDEN RULE


WOOSTER – Martha Ann McDowell Dutton passed away January 17th in Wooster at the age  of 95. She had a wonderful life.
 She was born in Tehran, Iran, of 2nd generation  Presbyterian missionaries, Philip and Sarah Wright McDowell. As a teenager,  Martha came alone to do her senior year at Wooster High School and enter the  College of Wooster. After graduation from the College in 1942, she completed  a Master’s at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western  Reserve. At the College of Wooster she met Horace Dutton, whose parents  were missionaries in Chile. They married in 1943 and shared 53 years of love,  laughter, family, friends and adventures all over the world.
They both worked at hospitals in Euclid during WWII. After the war, Horace  served churches in Hopewell and Shreve OH and Allegheny NY. A State  Department job took the young family to Istanbul, Turkey for two years. Returning  to the U.S., they settled in Spencerport NY for 10 years before moving to Mexico  and then Hong Kong where Martha used her nursing skills as a volunteer,  and then to Tokyo, Japan. They then spent several years at their farm near  Millersburg and Martha worked as a Holmes County Health Department nurse.  
For several years they led the junior class from The College of the Pacific on  a year-long study abroad in Kyoto, Japan. There Martha studied ikebana and  became a fan of sumo wrestling. Back in the US again, they lived several years  near Maysville KY and then retired to their farm.
Martha enjoyed gardening, quilting, flower arranging, reading, volunteering, and  being part of the fellowship of St. James Episcopal Church.
She leaves her five children, Gail (Jairo) Miller, Jean (Libby) Austin, David (Pat)  Dutton, Laila Dutton, and Mark (Penny) Dutton, 11 beloved grandchildren and 9  great-grandchildren.
Martha was preceded in death by her husband, Horace, and her brothers Robert,  Edmund, and David McDowell.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 31st, at 2 PM at St. James  Episcopal Church, 201 North Market Street, Wooster.
 McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.
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Memorial service on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, 201 N. Market St., Wooster

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