Miss Angelina Rene’ McDowell was born on December 31, 2002, in St. Louis, Missouri at St. Mary’s Hospital to parents, William H. McDowell and Charlene McDowell. Angelina was baptized by Pastor William Coleman and witnessed by her father, William McDowell, at Word of Faith Church on August 9, 2009.
Angelina attended Simmons Marshall Elementary School from preschool until first grade, Gateway STEM Elementary and Middle School from 2nd grade to 5th grade, and continued her attendance for middle school from 6th grade to 8th grade. Angelina could not physically complete 9th grade in person due to her illness, causing her to complete online classes. Angelina entered Gateway STEM High from 10th to 12th grade. She overcame many hard struggles due to her illness, however, she managed to graduate with her class and walk across the Ball field of St. Louis Bush Stadium with her classmates. She received her diploma with her picture being shown on the huge screen for everyone to see how she never gave up.
Angelina always believed that she would one day become a veterinarian. While attending Gateway STEM High School, she entered their veterinarian program. There she assisted with the care and treatment of the onsite animals. She helped with feeding and monitored the well-being of animals such as guinea pigs, snakes, and other animals.
Angelina was a huge fan of Anime, and she would often dress up in Anime characters’ costumes, created videos, and posted them online. Angelina created a YouTube channel of Anime, textingstory.com, where she had 4.23K followers. She also has Amine videos on TikTok and Instagram (check her out).
Angelina was a very happy child who loved God, her family, and friends. She loved doing fun things, like going to Six Flags and riding the roller coasters, the bigger the better. She loved her fruity drinks from Starbucks and putting together Lego puzzles. She completed a 1,200 piece Lego set in one day. Angelina was a very gifted writer, artist, and singer. Angelina was a very compassionate person even with her own struggles with her illness; she was concerned about other people and would encourage them to be strong no matter what. I found this quote in one of her notebooks, “The pain you feel today will be the strength you’ll have tomorrow.”
As a small child Angelina would always want to have her birthday at Chuck-E-Cheese or Incredible Pizza, but on her 16th birthday it all changed. It was now time for shopping! Angelina had her own style, and whatever she was wearing, you best believe she had on some high heeled booties, jewelry, and sunglasses. Angelina was of good character and always made sure she did what was right for herself and others. Although she succumbed to her illness, she never gave up hope, never stopped trying, and always pressed her way through. Angelina’s mother, father, brothers, and everyone who knew her will miss her more than words can express.
The Lord called Angelina home on Saturday, November 6, 2021, at 1:00 PM. She was surrounded by father and mother and family members. She fought until the Lord wrapped His arms around her to take her up into His presence in heaven. She was preceded in death by her brother, William H. McDowell; grandfather and grandmothers, Aussie and Carrie Humphrey; and great-grandmother, Maedella McDowell.
Angelina leaves to cherish her memory: father and mother, William and Charlene McDowell; brothers, DeAngelo William McDowell, El Ricco Sanchez Robinson, and Antonio William McDowell; grandmother, Rosie McDowell; and a host of uncles, aunties, cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends.
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