Evelyn Grace Downer

March 10, 1928July 1, 2015
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Downer, Evelyn Grace 3/10/1928 - 7/1/2015 Ann Arbor, Michigan Evelyn (Scootie) G. Downer (Balhoff) passed away at her home, Wednesday, July 1, 2015. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Scootie was born March 10, 1928 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She was married to William (Bill) Downer, her loving husband of 52 years, who preceded her in death. Scootie was an active member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, for many years she served as a member of the Alter Society, contributed hand sewn doll clothing for church bazaars, volunteered numerous hours for school functions and was a leader for both the Boy and Girl Scouts. She was a talented cake decorator and seamstress. Her homemade cookies were coveted by many and could be smelled for blocks around. Scootie and Bill enjoyed many years of boating and camping at Glen Lake, Michigan. They travelled throughout the country in their 5th wheel camper enjoying scenery, family and friends. She was an avid sports fan, loved her Tigers and Michigan Football. Family was the center of her universe, from her oldest daughter to her youngest great-grandchild. She was the core of our universe as well, keeping everyone informed and connected, always knowing who was doing what, when and where. Need to check the weather or know the Tiger's score? we just had to call Scootie. She is survived by her eight children, Pam Scheiblauer, Linda Downer, Vicky Hulcher (Larry), Mary Himich, Bob Downer, Deb Keedy (John), John Downer (Ronnie), and Howard Downer (Elizabeth); 17 grandchildren, Donavan McDonald, Sean McDonald, Mike Caryl, Joey Caryl, Matt Hulcher, Elise Olszanowski, Michelle Peiffer, David Himich, Tom Himich, Shannon Downer, Steven Wasik, Robert Keedy, Margaret Keedy, John William Downer, Melissa Downer, Madison Downer and William Downer; 18 great-grandchildren, Bailey and Katie McDonald, Kody and Macy McDonald, Alex, Austin, Analeigh, and Addisyn Caryl, Fred and Clarice Caryl, Madeline and Adam Hulcher, Lainy and Landon Olszanowski, Brielle and Arianna Himich, and Ethan and William Himich. She has given her family and friends many vast and precious memories that will forever be held near and dear in our hearts. She will be profoundly missed. Visitation will be held Sunday, July 5, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., with a Rosary service starting at 7:00 p.m., at Muehlig Funeral Chapel, 403 S. 4th Ave, Ann Arbor. Monday, July 6, 2015, 10:00 a.m. visitation, 11:00 a.m. Celebration of Life and Mass at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 2250 East Stadium Boulevard, Ann Arbor. Internment will follow at St. Thomas Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lymphoma Research U of M Kaminski Program, mail checks to: Division of Hematology/Oncology, B1-358 Cancer Center, 1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5911. Please visit to leave the family your condolences.


  • Visitation Sunday, July 5, 2015
  • Rosary Sunday, July 5, 2015
  • Gathering Monday, July 6, 2015
  • Funeral Service Monday, July 6, 2015

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Tom Downer

July 10, 2015

To all my cousins, my sincere condolences for Evelyn's passing.I know it has been very hard on her these last few years with all the medical procedures and hospital trips. There is some comfort knowing she is done with all that after a very long battle. Thankfully she had a lot of family to help her, and to remember the many good years. I am sorry I was unable to make the funeral. Evelyn & Bill were a special aunt & uncle; they will be missed by all of us.

Mary Jo Mc Govern

July 7, 2015

To Linda and the Downer family. So very sorry to read about your mom. It's so sad when a parent dies, it makes you realize how precious life is. I will keep all of you in my prayers! God bless you !

July 6, 2015

Our deepest sympathy to the Downer Family.
What cherished years of family times you all have to remember.
Kathy & Rick Lovernick

Jane Ferguson

July 6, 2015

Thinking of all of you during this time of sorrow. Scootie has had and will always have a special place in my heart with so many fond memories.! Love to you all.

Chris Birmingham

July 6, 2015

Linda, I was so sorry to read of your mom's passing. Your mom was one of the kindest and most loving women I have ever met. The memory that sticks in my mind, is from high school when your mom picked up a carful of us high school girls from St. Thomas to take us to Ann Arbor High for our drivers' ed classes. I'm not sure how many weeks she drove, but she was a real trooper. I wouldn't have my driver's license without her!! Much love, Chris Birmingham

Richard Williams

July 6, 2015

Bob...So sorry to read of your Mothers passing. The obituary told us she lived a very fulfilled and caring life. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

Your Neighbors,

Mara and Dick Williams

Jennifer & Matt Haran

July 6, 2015

We are keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers and are deeply sorry for your loss. ~ Matt, Jen & Henry Haran

July 6, 2015 sorry to read of the passing of your Mother. The obituary told us she lived a very fulfilling and caring life.
Your neighbors,
Mara and Dick Williams

Dan & Sharri Horvath

July 5, 2015

Mary, sorry for he loss of your Mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Spring Tremaine

July 5, 2015

With deepest sympathy to the Downer family. Our hearts are heavy. Grandma Scootie gave us many laughs and good things to eat. We thank you for touching our lives so profoundly. We miss you.