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Helen Ruth Johnson Downing
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Birth: Jan. 19, 1921
Death: Dec. 7, 2008


Helen Ruth Downing

Age 87, of Dagsboro, DE, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday December 7th, 2008 at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury, MD.

She was born in Anderson, Indiana daughter to the late, Herbert and Beulah (Bartley) Johnson. Helen was a member of St. George's United Methodist Church in Clarksville, DE.

She was preceded in death by her husband Rev. Ivan P. Downing in 2004 and sister, Alma White. She is survived by three daughters, Rev. Carol Lynn Gathagan and her husband Boyd, Mary Ellen Downing, Judy Lee Marvel; three sons, Ivan P. Downing, Jr., and his wife Bette, Rev. William Downing and his wife Marty, John B. Downing and his wife Gail; brother, Herbert Lloyd Johnson; two sisters, Jean Pomaville and Marie Russell; 8 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday December 10, at 4 pm, at St. George's UM Church, 34281 Omar Rd, Frankford, DE 19945, where friends may call after 3 pm. Burial will be in the adjoining church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Helen's memory to , Coastal Hospice at the Lake, PO Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802-1733; or American Cancer Society, PO Box 163, Salisbury, MD 21805.

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[published 12/09/2008]

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  Ivan Paul Downing (1916 - 2004)*
*Calculated relationship
Saint Georges United Methodist Cemetery
Sussex County
Delaware, USA
Created by: Richard Wright
Record added: Dec 09, 2008
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Helen Ruth <i>Johnson</i> Downing
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Helen Ruth <i>Johnson</i> Downing
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