Barbara E. McDowell

Barbara E. McDowell, 51, of Hamlet, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 4, 2020, in La Porte County.


She was born February 14, 1969, in Hammond, IN, to Darrell and Linda (Goforth) Brown.

Barbara worked as the housekeeping and laundry supervisor for Health Care Services, Valparaiso, IN.  She also worked for White Lodging Services, The Courtyard By Marriott in Valparaiso, IN.  Barbara enjoyed being on a bike, shopping, and spending time with friends.  She was loved by many and will be lovingly remembered as a giver who enjoyed taking care of others.  On May 14, 2013, in Gatlinburg, TN, she married Levi McDowell, who survives.


Also surviving are 3 children, Adam (Shelby West) Brown of La Porte, John Porras of La Porte, Bryan Porras of Hamlet; 3 brothers, John (Betty Sue) Isaacs of Turlock, CA, Bill Brown of Portage, IN and Tom (Carrie) Brown of Fort Lauderdale, FL; and 9 grandchildren. Preceding in death were her parents.


A celebration of life will be held at a later date.  Lakeview Funeral Home and Crematory, 247 W. Johnson Rd., La Porte (219) 362-3100 is caring for the arrangements. Please send condolences to the family at

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