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Gracie Ellen Milstead Downey
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Birth: Jan. 8, 1924
Death: Feb. 17, 2008

Gracie Ellen Downey, 84, Independence, Mo., died Sunday, February 17, 2008, at her home. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Speaks Suburban Chapel; burial in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Stanley, Kan. Visitation will be 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Chapel.
Mrs. Downey was born on Jan. 8, 1924, to Clayton and Isabelle Milstead. She had lived in the Kansas City area for her entire life. She had worked at Bendix for many years and after her retirement she married Otto Downey. Gracie loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them. She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Otto Downey, of the home; her son, John W. Butler, Independence; two grandchildren, Christine Blystone and her husband Mike, Independence, and John M. Butler, Oak Grove, Mo.; a step-son, Randy Downey and his wife DeeAnn; step-grandchild, Jennifer Skinner; two great-grandchildren, Cody and Kelsey Blystone; two step-great-grandchildren, Hayleigh and Dillon Skinner. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Arr.: Speaks Suburban Chapel (816) 373-3600.

Published in the Kansas City Star on 2/19/2008.

Pleasant Valley Cemetery
Johnson County
Kansas, USA
Created by: Mike Phillips
Record added: Oct 16, 2007
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Gracie Ellen <i>Milstead</i> Downey
Added by: Mike Phillips
Gracie Ellen <i>Milstead</i> Downey
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I was lucky to have a grandmother as wonderful as you. I think of you everyday and miss you so much. Thank you for always being there for me.
- Christine
 Added: Jan. 13, 2014

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