Frances L. Downey

March 12, 1934April 20, 2021

Frances L. Downey, 87 of Evansville, IN passed away Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at Linda E. White Hospice House.

Frances was born in Evansville on March 12, 1934 to the late Angelo and Clora Chappell. Frances was a member of Howell General Baptist Church. She graduated from Reitz High School in 1951.

She was employed by Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation for 44 years. For most of her years, she was the secretary in the Athletic Department at Reitz High School. She was a very devoted Reitz fan.

Frances is survived by her sons, Jeff Downey (Kris Head), Mark Downey (Peggy); nieces, Anita Happel, Dawn Lee (Jon); nephew, Darin Downey; Grandson, Aaron Baker (Amy); Great grandsons, Deacon, Travis, Caelan and Tyler.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of 64 years, Robert Downey; sister, Martha Happel.

A special thank you to her caregiver, Mike Braham.

A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 26, 2021 at Alexander West Chapel and livestreamed at officiated by Rev. Terry Gamblin with entombment to follow in Alexander Memorial Park. Friends may visit 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 25, 2021 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Linda E. White Hospice House or Howell General Baptist Church.

Condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation

    Sunday, April 25, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, April 26, 2021



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Waneta Hart

April 29, 2021

Frances was one of my favorite people in the many years we worked for EVSC. We shared many a laugh (and a few tears) during the years we worked on committees and projects together. She was a kind, caring, and hard-working individual and will be greatly missed. Our loss is Heaven's gain.

Desiree Decker Frank

April 26, 2021

I work with her on my free period when I went to Reitz she was great very caring person.

Linda Lively. Yuan

April 26, 2021

Mrs. downey was at Reitz when i was a student. 1963. 1967
A great lady. Sympathy to her family.
Reitz. Class 1967

Linda Willett

April 23, 2021

Mark so sorry about your mom. your parents were such good people. Lots of prayers go out to your family.

Bob Brown

April 21, 2021

RIP France's, the neighborhood will never be the same without you and Bob. You have many family and friends that Love you and will miss you, RIP my Friend.