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Mary Downing, 83, of Potomac, passed away at 7 p.m. Monday, April 17, 2017, at Country Health Care and Rehab, in Gifford.
Mary was born on July 17, 1933, in Penfield, the daughter of Everett and Adaline (Meitzler) Ellis.
She married William "Bill" Downing on May 11, 1952, in Potomac. He preceded her in death on Aug. 3, 2006.
She is survived by two sons, Bill (Linda) Downing and Dave (Lynnette) Downing both of Potomac; six grandchildren, Aric Downing, Heather (Jacob) McCall, Jessica Johnson, Ben (Amanda) Reardon, Chase Reardon and Sarah (Jamie) Asbury all of Potomac; two sisters, Betty Kinney and Sonna Carley both of Potomac; two step-sisters, Barbara (Jack) Arford of Minnesota and Judy (Jim) Hacker of St. Joseph; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
Mary graduated from Potomac High School. She worked for over 20 years at Kraft Foods, in Champaign, until her retirement. She was a member of Middlefork United Methodist Church. Mary enjoyed cooking, hosting holiday dinners and going out to eat with her friends.
A Celebration of Mary Downing's Life will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 21, at Middlefork United Methodist Church, in Potomac, with Pastor George Desmond officiating. Burial will follow the service in Potomac Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at Blurton Funeral Home, in Potomac.
Memorials may be made to Middlefork United Methodist Church or to Country Health Care and Rehab. The family has entrusted Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Mary's life. Memories or photos maybe shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at: www.blurtonfuneralhomes.com.
Published on April 18, 2017
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