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Marie Downs

d. June 12, 2019

Marie E. Downs, age 101, of Sherman, formerly of Williamsville, passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at the Villas Senior Care Community.

Marie was born September 12, 1917 in Elkhart, IL the parents of Charles James and Mary (Grennan) Loomis.

She is survived by four sons, Harold M. Downs, Paul T. Downs, John H. Downs, and Charles J. Downs; three daughters, Joanne Wheatley, Marlene Trueblood, and Dorothy Downs; 18 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; one sister, Margaret Shawgo as well as several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by both parents; her husband, Howard R. “Red” Downs, three brothers, Edward, Martin and Charles Loomis; one sister, Ellen Loomis; a son Darrell Downs; one daughter, Kathleen Poteet and one granddaughter, Candace M. Downs.

Marie graduated from Elkhart High School. She was a member of St. John’s Vianney Church in Sherman. Marie also volunteered at the Villas Senior Care Community years prior to her residence there.

She really enjoyed painting, reading and most of all spending time with her family. Visitation for Marie will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM at St. John’s Vianney Catholic Church in Sherman, IL. Mass for Marie will immediately follow at 10:00 AM at St. John’s Vianney in Sherman.

Rev. George Nellikunnel will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to “St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.”

Burial will be held at Walnut Hill Cemetery near Williamsville.


  1. I am saddened to hear the news of her passing, although I never git a chance to meet her I feel i know her through her granddaughter Kathleen and her daughter Jody (Joanne). I send prayers and condolences to the whole family. May she forever rest in peace.

  2. To Marlene, Doodles, Chuck, and all Of Mrs, Downs family, friends my sincere sympathies at your loss of a really great woman. I have many fond memories of growing up as their neighbor, spending time with their family, eating at their table. Time passes so quickly with the people we love. I pray that the sadness of Mrs. Downs loss can soon be replaced by the fabulous memories of her life, of which there are many. My thoughts and prayers are with you all, Catherine Schneider

  3. My deepest sympathies to her family and all who had the pleasure of knowing Mrs. Downs. She was a blessing to have known. My heart goes out to her family & friends. May God hold you and give you strength in the days to come and then may your memories hold you until your once again reunited.

  4. My sincere sympathy to the entire family. I was a baby sitter for the Downs children many years ago and always admired your Mother and your Father and the pride they had for you. Your Mother, like ours had a large family and no modern conveniences and never complained. Your Mother always had a smile on her face. What a dedicated lady and a true christian. She has definitely earned her eternal rest. Bless her and all of you.

  5. Jody, so sorry for the loss of your mother, let the family know I’m thinking of all of you. She was blessed not only for her many years, but by such a large and loving family.

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