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McMurry University honors Kaye Dowell with Cross and Flame Award

By Gary Ellison Associate Director University Relations



ABILENE, Texas – Kaye Dowell of Abilene has been named the 2010 recipient of the Cross and Flame Award for the Northwest Texas Annual Conference. Dowell will be honored during the Sunday morning service at Aldergate United Methodist Church on August 29. Dowell has been a member of the United Methodist Church since 1976 and is currently a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Abilene. Since moving to Abilene in 2001 she has served Aldersgate in various capacities. She has served as a Lay Delegate to Annual Conference from 2006-2008. Kaye is currently the Chairperson for the Staff Parish Relations Committee and has served on many other committees in the church. She and her husband Hank serve as greeters, ushers and sound operators for Aldersgate throughout the year. They are members of the Lamplighters Sunday School class. They also regularly participate in the Adopt a University Student program. Former Dowell family adoptee and McMurry alumna, Erin Stevens commented on the Dowell’s impact, saying, “Kaye and Hank were my adopted parents all through my time at McMurry. At one time the Dowells had six adopted students from McMurry. They had three Aldersgate students and three McMurry football players. They would have us over on many occasions for home cooked meals. They were our home away from home.” {{more}} Dowell served McMurry University as the Director of Alumni Relations from 2001-2005. She was named Administrator of the Year for the 2003-2004 school year and was named an honorary alumna in 2004. The Dowells’ passion for McMurry did not leave when Kaye left to work for Sears Methodist Retirement Systems. Kaye stays in close touch with a group of alumni women who take a trip together every summer. Dowell has not restricted her time, talents and treasures to Aldersgate; she volunteers in her community as well. She is member of P.E.O. Chapter CK, Abilene and she volunteers for Hendrick and Sears Care, visiting Hospice patients on a weekly basis. She was a member of the Abilene Business Women’s Association and is actively involved in the Emmaus Community. She also serves on the Abilene Chamber of Commerce Business Council and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She loves to spend time with friends, watching Hank coach Abilene High football and being “Kiki” to her twin baby granddaughters, Adler and Carsyn. “I love being an ambassador for McMurry; my desire is to continue to support the University and my church in the years ahead. Friendships remain today because of those whose paths have crossed with mine and I thank God for the blessings of these special friends. Some of my fondest memories are attending worship together with McMurry students who were adopted by my family,” said Dowell. Established in 2000 by the McMurry Alumni Association, this award is given to strengthen the relationship between McMurry University and the United Methodist Church by recognizing individuals for service to their churches and to the University.

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