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Brentwood-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home

9010 Church Street East, Brentwood, TN

OBITUARY

Lynne Downs

June 25, 1924October 9, 2019
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MY NAME IS LYNNE DOWNS

Teaching: A Rewarding and Fulfilling Career Decision

I grew up during the depression and my family moved several times. I lived in the city of Chicago but really grew up on a farm. My father stayed in the city to work and I moved to a rural area in Michigan during the depression. My father hitchhiked to the farm most weekends, therefore I grew up with not seeing my father for a number of years.

I survived Scarlett fever at the approximate age of 13. My mother looked after me while I was ill and she was the only person allowed to visit me in my room. She put down paper all over my room to keep the room as sterile as possible and collected and replaced the papers each day.

Because my father and mother did not have formal educations, both were extremely pleased (my father in particular) when colleges and universities were vying for me to attend their institutions. Both my mother and my father were immigrants. My father from northern England and my mother from Germany.

I attended Texas Women's University for my freshman year of college. I later went on to college in Michigan to become an occupational therapist. I have a picture of myself and my roommate in front of our dorm at Texas Women's University. My parents gave me a 1935 Ford when I graduated from college, and I drove that car to my appointments to assist children and adults for occupational therapy. While I enjoyed occupational therapy, I later decided I wanted to pursue a teaching career and attended classes to attain the credits applicable for my teaching degree. My mother and father were both supportive in my passion and decision to become a teacher.

I was an elementary teacher for primarily the 2nd grade for over 30 years. I instructed my class to write to their favorite author and many students, as well as myself, were surprised that some of the authors wrote back to some of my students. I always used a bit of psychology with some of my students in order to get desired results in behavior or a desired reaction.

I wanted to offer the gift of learning to my nephews and nieces and sent books to them for a number of years to help encourage a love of reading and learning. I achieved much pleasure and satisfaction in seeing my students grow and learn and was thankful I had made the decision to become a teacher.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Gathering of Family and Friends Saturday, October 26, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, October 26, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial

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