Maria C. Downs
September 29, 1935 – August 2, 2018
Maria C. Downs
Date: August 02, 2018
Mother’s smile was very contagious and could warm anyone’s heart. She is now with the Lord’s arms wrapped around her. She went to be with her Heavenly Father. After a courageous battle against cancer. “A Golden Heart Stopped Beating, two Smiling Eyes at Rest, God Broke our Heart to Prove to us, He only Takes Best.”
Maria was born in Tynan, Texas on September 29,1935, to Gregorio Casares and Anita Garcia. After meeting Alexander Downs from Robstown, TX they fell in love and married on January 25, 1958. They settled in Corpus Christi, TX to begin their lives together and start their family.
Maria gave birth to five wonderful daughters who had the honor of calling her mom and grandma. Maria was a dedicated Homemaker and was always known for her home-cooked meals. Homemade flour tortillas made from scratch, famous sugar cookies, homemade German Chocolate Cake and Lemon, Meringue Pie. Maria also had many home remedies that she used to help cure and treat the children on a regular basis. Maria never missed a game where her kids were competing, and she was always there to nurse the bumps and bruises that resulted. She loved dancing, traveling, sewing and watching her favorite team, Dallas Cowboys.
Maria was a full-time mother to five, a devoted and loyal friend, but she was “Mom D” to all of her children’s friends. Her door was always opened wide to offer delicious meals, generous counseling and wise advice to them.
Generous with her time and talents, Mom served her community without hesitation. She taught CCD classes in her garage, she sponsored numerous children in their Christian education and achievement of Catholic sacraments, she supported her children and their PTA Officer- President at Cunningham Middle School. Her one goal as President was to get a tennis court for Cunningham. She worked really hard and succeed at it. She worked as a Poll Worker on Election Days. Mom pretty much said, “Yes!” to anyone who asked for her help.
Maria was courageous. She stared illness in the face and leaned on her faith to help her through. She was beautiful, smart, kind, loving, generous, and brave. Her walk with Christ was authentic and set a great example for her family. Her compassionate nature warmed those who had the privilege of knowing her.
Maria is welcomed in Heaven by her parents Gregorio Casares and Anita Garcia, her in-laws Deputy Sheriff Alexander S. Downs and Andrea Pineda, her brother Benito Casares, her sister Margarita G Hernandez, stepson John Alexander Downs, son-in-law Harold Jeter. She took a piece of our heart with her. She leaves behind her family to cherish her memories forever. She is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Alexander Downs, one stepson, Ruben (Lydia) Downs of Portland, TX, stepdaughter-in-law Norma Downs from Garland, TX five daughters all of Corpus Christi, TX Diana Downs, Lillian Downs, Lucinda (Lupe) Iglesias, Karen Jean (John) Garza and Andie Jeter (Ernie Uballe) Two brothers Ramon (Barbara) of Royse, City, TX and Lupe Garcia of San Antonio, TX. Mom was deeply enamored with her 15 grandchildren, who brought her so much joy and love. Valerie Deleon (Rodney Mims), Barbara Deleon, Joshua Garza, Alexis Garza, John Garza (Amanda Sanchez), Cassandra Iglesias, Samantha Jeter, all from Corpus Christi, TX, Harold Glen Jeter II from Tacoma, WA, Lisa (Donny) Carty from Garland, TX, Tara (Richard) Payne from Rowlett, TX, Jene (Cody) Morgan from Forney, TX, Andy (Erica) Downs, and Michael Miggy Downs from Brooklyn, NY, 11 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and many beloved nieces, nephews, sisters and brothers-in-laws, Godchildren, and cousins.
Our Gratitude and appreciation to Fr. Pat Donohoe, Fr. AL, Mel & Staff From Holy Family Catholic Church. MCCI Staff on S. Port Ave., Dr. Gerard Voorhees & Staff. The members of the Schoenstatt, Rene Zavala Sr.(Hilda Montes) and Manuel Zavala for praying the Rosary weekly.
The last weeks of mother's life were so blessed by the special care given by her daughters and grandchildren who provided her with great care and comfort over the last several weeks.
Thank you is not big enough. And a very heartfelt thank you to Veronica, Shelby, Stephanie, Tracy, Isabel, Nadine, Nurses Rosalinda, Lee, and Lori CNS's Josie, Elida, Nadine, and Shelby, Chaplain Abel all the staff of Kindred Hospice for making this difficult journey one of dignity and ease.
A gathering of Maria C. Downs’ life will begin at 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. with her Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m., August 7, 2018 at Memory Gardens Funeral Home & Cemetery. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 2509 Nogales St. Corpus Christi, TX 78416. Interment to follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery.
Mom’s favorite saying: Que Dios te bendiga, te amo!!!
Diana Downs Daughter Lillian Downs Daughter Lucinda Iglesias (Lupe) and their daughter, Cassandra (Cassie) Daughter Karen Garza (John) and their children, John Jr, Jouhua, Alexis Garza Daughter Andie Jeter, and her children, Samantha, Harold Glenn ll Daughter Ruben Downs (Lydia) Stepson Valerie Deleon – and her children, Brianna, Angel, Robert Brianna (Carlos) and their son, Josiah Granddaughter Barbara Deleon - and her children, Kylise, Jazzy Granddaughter Lisa Carty (Donny) - and their children’s, Sierra, Kirsten Granddaughter Tara (Richard) Payne- and their children, Kelsey, Ashlyn Granddaughter Jene Morgan (Cody) - and their son, John Granddaughter Andy Downs (Erica) – and their daughter, Eva Luz Grandson Miggy Downs- Grandson Norma Jeane Downs - stepdaughter-in-law
- Celebration of Life Tuesday, August 7, 2018
- Holy Rosary Tuesday, August 7, 2018
- Funeral Mass Wednesday, August 8, 2018
- Interment Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Maria C. Downs
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August 12, 2018
Extending My deepest sincere condolences to the Downs family. Lucinda, Diana and family, my heart is heavy as you grieve during these days. Your momma was truly a sweet soul, inside and out. I remember her growing up with her vibrant smile she had for everyone. You all were so blessed to have this matriarch as your Mom. She definitely lifted people up with her kindness and genuine smile for all. May you all be comforted, feeling God's presence. Be confident as we will all see our loved ones again when we unite in the Kingdom of God. Blessings and hugs. The Aguirre family. (Prescott St)
Lucinda Downs Iglesias
August 6, 2018
My beautiful mother. I remember walking into your bedroom that morning putting my ear against your chest and couldn’t hear your heartbeat anymore. I felted my heart breaking in pieces. I know your in heaven dancing away my beautiful Mother. I miss you dearly mom. I miss our morning talks, your hugs, your kisses, your laughter. I Thank God for letting us have you for as long as we did.”Until We Meet Again” my beautiful Mother.
Love, hugs and kisses
You daughter Lucinda
August 6, 2018
Those we love don't go away ,they walk beside us every day, unseen ,unheard ,but always near ,still loved, still missed and very dear..........so sorry for your loss......... Know that the Lord will help you get through this ,stay strong Karen and Andy
Linda Lee Hernandez
August 5, 2018
I send my deepest and sincerest condolences to the Downs family. Although I hadn’t seen Mrs. Downs in years, I can still see her beautiful smile and joyful laughter. She was a beautiful woman inside and out. I am truly sadden to hear of her loss, may she Rest In Peace. I may not be there with you in person Lucinda, but know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you.