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Nellie Belle Reeves Downard
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Birth: Jun. 17, 1902
Lucas County
Iowa, USA
Death: May 31, 1995
Des Moines
Polk County
Iowa, USA

Wife of Clell F. Downard. Daughter of Theodore David Reeves and Iva Jane Dovenspike.


Chariton, Iowa
Tuesday, June 13, 1995


Nellie Belle Downard, daughter of Theodore and Iva (Dovenspike) Reeves, was born June 17, 1902 in Lucas, Iowa. She passed away on May 31, 1995, at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines at the age of 92.

Nell attended country school in the Lucas area. On March 20, 1927, she was united in marriage to Clell Downard in Russell, Iowa. Seven children were born to this union. Clell and Nellie made their home in the Russell area. In later years, Nell began working in the lunchroom of the Russell Community School.

On April 1, 1988, Nell and Clell moved to the Northridge Living Center in Chariton. They were among the earliest residents still living at Northridge at the time of her death.

Nell enjoyed visiting with her neighbors and participating in the various activities that were held there. She was a kind and loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be fondly remembered and deeply missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Dorothy Lutteneger; three brothers, Bert, John and Charles Reeves; one sister, Ruth Lovell, and one great-grandchild.

Nellie is survived by her husband, Clell of Chariton; five sons, Max of Corning; Donald of Montgomery, Ill.; Theodore of Des Moines; Dean of Tucson, Ariz.; and Dale Downard of Silver Lake, Wash.; her daughter, Barbara Hansen of Burlington; two sisters, Hazel Davidson of Boise, Idaho and Dorothy Perkins of Chariton; 20 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 3, 1995, with Rev. Larry Prosser of the Faith United Methodist Church in Russell officiating. Burial was in the Russell Cemetery. Serving as bearers were Dennis Downard, Mike Lutteneger, Doug Hansen, Dan Lutteneger, Ron Greckech, Craig Downard and Tim Lutteneger.

Obituary courtesy of Charles M. Wright

Family links: 
  Theodore David Reeves (1878 - 1942)
  Iva Josephine Dovenspike Reeves (1886 - 1946)
  Clell F. Downard (1900 - 1996)
  Bert Reeves (1900 - 1975)*
  Nellie Belle Reeves Downard (1902 - 1995)
  John Willard Reeves (1903 - 1982)*
  Hazel Dell Reeves Davidson (1907 - 1996)*
  Charles Donald Reeves (1915 - 1982)*
  Dorothy Marie Reeves Perkins (1920 - 2006)*
*Calculated relationship
Russell Cemetery
Lucas County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Section 5 Row 4 Grave 5
Created by: Skip
Record added: Aug 03, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40236213
Nellie Belle <i>Reeves</i> Downard
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Nellie Belle <i>Reeves</i> Downard
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- Skip
 Added: Apr. 28, 2012

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