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Gearhart Funeral Home

11275 Foley Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, MN

OBITUARY

Mary L. Downing

June 26, 1936July 21, 2020

MARY LAVONNE DOWNING was born on June 26, 1936 in Monroe County, Wisconsin, the daughter of David and Verna Downing. She graduated as salutatorian from Wilton High School in Wilton, Wisconsin. Mary moved to the Twin Cities metro area, finally settling in Coon Rapids. She worked for several years at the Waldorf Paper Company as an office assistant before retiring in the late 1990s. Mary was an avid reader and also enjoyed mall walking. In retirement, she enjoyed taking bus tours with her friends JoAnne and Ruby. After moving to the Autumn Glen Senior Living Center in Coon Rapids, Mary took up puzzling and playing dominoes while spending time with her friend Jo Smart and many others.

Mary is survived by her three sons: Roger (Pauline) of Coon Rapids, Jay (Brigitte) of Blaine, and and Scott (Jo) of Elk River as well as seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and seven older siblings.

Funeral services will be held 2 PM Sunday July 26, 2020 at Gearhart Funeral Home 11275 Foley Blvd NW, Coon Rapids with visitation beginning at 1 PM. Burial will be held 2 PM Monday at Morningside Memorial Gardens in Coon Rapids.

  • FAMILY

  • Mary is survived by her three sons: Roger (Pauline) of Coon Rapids, Jay (Brigitte) of Blaine, and and Scott (Jo) of Elk River as well as seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
    She was preceded in death by her parents and seven older siblings

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • Christopher Downing
  • Pauline Downing
  • Jo Richmond
  • Brigitte Downing
  • Sheila Wagner
  • Chante Larson
  • Amanda Downing
  • Chelsie Downing

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, July 26, 2020

  • Burial

    Monday, July 27, 2020

Memories

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Cindy Pikel

July 27, 2020

So many fond memories of being with Aunt Mary Aunt Hazel and Uncle Bob. Time goes too fast. Rest in peace Aunt Mary love to all the family

Scott Downing

July 26, 2020

Thank you to everyone for your love, support, and prayers. Words cannot express how much it has meant to me and my family. This tragedy has taught me that life is too precious and that time is too short to let slip by without saying the things you want others to hear.

I will leave you all with this: Days before my mother passed, she left me a voicemail asking me to call her because there was something she wanted to tell me. Although I have that message saved, time ran out and I was never able to call her. Although her message to me is unknown, I want her to know that my message for her is, “I love you, Mom.”

Love always, Scott

don olson

July 26, 2020

As your "Taximan" for the last few years,we had many laughs and discussions together on our way to your Dr.appointments! You had a great sense of humor and i enjoyed the 'silliness' we had sometimes!Sometimes after a trip was done,you wanted to go to McDonalds for a hamburger and fries,and you could never finish the burger,so you gave the remainder to me!I will miss your wit and humor! R.I.P. " Your Taximan

Bobbie Orr

July 25, 2020

Roger, Jay, and Scott:
Aunt never fit your Mom; she was more than that to me. A second Mom, confidant, and friend. I remember well the front porch on Quince when we sat many of times during my childhood getting valuable lessons from her. Best one I think was "How to squeeze a buffalo out of a nickel". If she was hard at times during your childhood, it was because she wanted to raise strong men who were responsible, and had a strong work ethic. Mission accomplished Mary! When you grew up into the men you are, I don't ever recall any criticism she had of her sons. She was proud of each of you and loved you dearly. Rest now Mary, I'll see you soon. Love your Bobbie

Craig Schwalbe

July 23, 2020

Dear Scott, Jay, and Roger - growing up next door to you, I have such fond feelings toward your mom. It was always hard to imagine Quince street without her. Even now I look at the old house and expect to see her pulling into the driveway or sitting on the porch. I’m sorry that distance will keep me from celebrating her life with you on Sunday. May God grant your mom a well deserved rest and peace for you and your families. - Craig

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