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Shavon Lenette “Nette” Kirkwood Dowell was born on July
27, 1979, to Chinita Lorraine Kirkwood and Anthony Tony
Jackson in Chicago, Illinois. Never in her life did she claim or
do anything “half” way, and she was the big sister of ReShaun
Scott, Jawone Brooks, Antonio Wilson, and Alexis Bowdry.
A bright intellectual from the start, Shavon attended Jensen
Scholastic Academy and Whitney Young High School. Always
outside playing, jumping rope, and exploring with her cous-
ins, Shavon would also meet many of her lifelong friends in the
Manners stomping grounds, K-town.
A trailblazer, Shavon became the first in her family to graduate college, earning her Bachelor of Sci-
ence in Management from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. It was here she met Donald,
her future husband, and many of her friends turned family. Always a lifelong learner and aiming to
better herself in every aspect, she returned to school and to pursue a Master of Science in Accounting
at DePaul University, graduating in 2019. As she frequently told her children, if there was one thing
Shavon could do, it was count very well. At age 11, she started doing inventory at her Uncle June’s job,
and from there, she knew what it felt like to earn my own money and was hooked. She started working
at 14 and worked in the accounting and financial services industry throughout her professional career.
Always savvy with numbers, Shavon owned a tax service business and constantly gave financial advice
and resources to her family and friends. Anything she learned or came in contact with, she shared. She
embodied the phrase “If I eat, we all eat”.
Shavon’s life motto, #LoveLifeLaugh #OnPurpose, reflected her approach to life. She was the rock of her
community, always available for support, advice, or a listening ear, regardless of the hour. Her generos-
ity extended to her home, often filled with laughter and children, as she loved caring for her extended
family and friends’ kids, constantly saying “Bring me my babies”.
She had many hobbies, including shoe collecting, crafting, coloring, and reading, but she found joy in
the simple pleasures like drinking tea, going to get ice cream with her kids at Oberweis, playing cards,
and watching the same reruns of Law and Order over and over again. Shavon was always known to find
a good deal, with her garage being stocked with the fruits of her bargain hunting and referred to by her
family and friends as “The Store”. Always in a pair of designer shades, Shavon loved getting dressed up
and going to concerts, comedy shows, and events with her family and friends.
An avid traveler, Shavon cherished her passport and the experiences it brought, though she always held
a special place in her heart for home. She was a committed volunteer, offering her skills in tax services
with Ladder Up, mentoring at Holy Family Children, and actively participating in her children’s school
Shavon wore many hats and excelled at a variety of things throughout her life, as a student, professional,
daughter, wife, sister, cousin, aunt, and niece, but as a Mom, she stood out. Shavon believed in her chil-
dren and was their biggest cheerleader and advocate. There was nothing that she would not do to give
her kids the resources and help they needed to succeed. They never knew what if felt to need anything,
and she indulged all of their wants. She would always prioritize spending time with them 1-1 and make
each of them feel special and understood.
Known as “Ms. Make it Happen,” Shavon was a force of nature, creating
miracles out of the ordinary and giving her all in every endeavor. Even
when facing stage four pancreatic cancer, her spirit remained unbroken,
and she fought valiantly.
Shavon moved on to her next journey on January 14th, 2023, and will
be welcomed with open arms by her father, Tony Jackson, and Grand-
mothers, Annie Mae Jackson and Mamie Lee Kirkwood, Uncles Shawn
Kirkwood and Samuel Jackson, and Aunt Alice Kirkwood.
To know Shavon was to be changed and made better by her. While her
physical form is no longer on this Earth, her profound impact, her love,
spirit, wisdom, and compassion live on through her Mother Chinita
Kirkwood, husband Donald Dowell, three only children, Jackson, Cory,
and Sin’ichi; brothers, ReShaun Scott, Jawone Brooks, Antonio Wilson;
sister Alexis Bowdry, 4 nephews, 5 nieces, special friend Sharise Little,
and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives, and many friends turned
family. Her legacy continues to inspire and enrich the lives of all who