Rose Marie Downing

November 17, 1939February 13, 2021
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Rose Marie Downing was born on November 17, 1939 to parents Amos and Frances Valencia. She entered into eternal rest on February 13, 2021. Rose was born and raised in Oxnard, California and on New Year’s Eve 1957, at the USO, she met the love of her life, William L. Downing who was serving in the Navy SeeBees at the time. In November of that same year they became Mr. and Mrs. Downing and lived a beautiful 63 years of holy matrimony. By the age of 23 they had 4 children. Rose worked at a little place called “The Shack” owned by William’s family, in Redding, California before they moved to Oregon. They spent time in Banks, Oregon where William worked for PIE for 23 years and they also had an 80 acre farm in Ontario, Oregon. They then moved on to Maple Valley, Washington and lived there for 30 years, raising their beautiful family. In 2006 they decided to move south and headed to Texas, where they have been for the last 15 years. Rose was a dedicated and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Her love for her savior Jesus Christ could be seen in her everyday life and the way she loved and cared for others. Rose was a kind and generous woman and loved her family more than anything on this earth. She was well loved and will be truly missed. She is preceded in death by her parents, Amos and Frances Valencia; sisters, Loretta and Michelle Valencia. She is survived by her beloved husband William Downing; daughters, Debbie Norman and husband Steve, Cindy Compton and husband Gary, Brenda Severied and husband Martin; son, Wayne Downing and wife Velma; siblings, Chris Valencia and wife Chisu, Fran Valencia, Diana Pace, Lorraine Bisset and husband Dave; as well as 11 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. Rose also leaves behind many other loved ones and lifelong friends.


  • Amos and Frances Valencia, Parents (deceased)
  • Loretta and Michelle Valencia, Sisters (deceased)
  • William L. Downing, Beloved Husband
  • Debbie and Steve Norman, Daughter and Husband
  • Cindy and Gary Compton, Daughter and Husband
  • Wayne and Velma Downing, Son and Wife
  • Brenda and Martin Severeid, Daughter and Husband
  • Chris and Chisu Valencia, Brother and Wife
  • Fran Valencia, Sister
  • Diana Pace, Sister
  • Lorraine and Dave Bissett, Sister and Husband
  • Rose also leaves behind 11 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, 3 great-greatgrandchildren as well as many other loved ones and lifelong friends.


  • Rosary

    Saturday, February 20, 2021

  • Requiem Mass

    Saturday, February 27, 2021


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Jeanette Leece

February 27, 2021

Jeanette Leece

February 27, 2021

Jeanette Leece

February 27, 2021

We have so many great memories of times with Aunt Rose and Uncle Bill and the cousins, aunts, uncles and especially Rose's children. From up on the hill in Banks, Oregon, out to the property in Vale, to the house in Maple Valley and then off to gun barrel city. We love you Aunt Rose and will miss you deeply. With sadness your illness has over taken you but you rest now in the arms of Jesus and with your Dad and Mom, sister and extended family in heaven. May God bless and keep your remaining family and hold on to your daughter Cyndie while she battle for life.
Aunt Rose, you were so special to me, accepting and loving, forgiving and faithful. I will be forever touched in this life because of you and forever with you when Jesus call for me. I am eternally grateful to be part of your life and I will always treasure the love and acceptance you offered. Roger and I are praying for the family and extended family and friends. We love you!!!!

Alice Ritner

February 26, 2021

My sister Rose Marie, a beautiful name for a beautiful lady. I have so many wonderful memories for all the times we spent together. We had great adventures especially on the farm in Vale Oregon and on fishing trips in Utah . There were so many wonderful times together. Rose was such a loving, caring, selfless person who always gave her all. She will be missed and our hearts ache from our loss. We will remember her with loving memories and thank God we had her in our lives. She was a blessing to all of us. Let us take comfort knowing she is with our Lord and Savior.

Barbara Miller

February 25, 2021

My Beloved Friend.
I met you in 1968-69 ? In Salt Lake UT, at a church function,
We became fast friends for life, through our Friendship, we met
Your younger sister Lorraine , who we welcomed into our family a few years later, as our Beloved Daughter in Law, and to this day I consider her my daughter still,
I will keep you forever in my Heart, and when saying my daily Rosary, you will be remembered, and I will pray for your very Holy Soul, till we meet again in eternity, love you my Friend , Rest In Peace , with our Heavenly Father And Holy Mother,
Barbara Miller

Mandy Mercier

February 23, 2021

Hi family, I will miss Aunt Rose and am sending my love to Uncle Bill, and the rest of our family as we grieve her loss. I can remember our visits with Aunt Rose and Uncle Bill and staying up in Maple Valley for a visit. I can just envision all of us sitting around the table in the dining room and watching all the Beatles documentaries they had on video. She was so warm and loving. There was definitely a lot of laughter. Wish we could be together.

Love to you all.


Michele Ronk

February 21, 2021

I will always remember the time we were hanging out at your house in Washington and dad lost or broke his jaguar keys, and the time we stayed at your house and I was going through a phase of using pacifiers as a sixth grader and you and uncle bill were so kind about the weird phase going on cause it’s family and ultimately family is love and you and all your sisters and my dad just had a great love shared between all of you that really will always be in my memories and my heart and the great example it was for me to see. The way you always said Shelley to me and so cheery I will always remember and your love for my dad and all the times my dad said “we’re going to see aunt rose and uncle bill” or “they are coming to town”or “they are here”. You guys had a bond and I loved you being around. You will truly be missed.

Sarah Lozano (Brawley)

February 20, 2021

Aunt Rose, you will be deeply missed. I know we haven't seen you since my mom passed away but you've always been in my thoughts. My favorite memory of you was one summer going to the coast and visiting the little Dutch town with my mom and grandma Fran.

Chris Anthony Valencia

February 19, 2021

Chizu and I will really miss Rose, she had a wonderful smile and loved to laugh. She was always attentive to our needs and always made us feel at home. She was a wonderful model of infinite Christian faith.
We had fun together whether it was browsing in antique shops, camping, or just visiting at the house. She taught Chizu how to make awesome biscuits and gravy and always treated her with the love of a sister. She always made me feel better about myself through the years and I was always happy to be with her. I will miss my sister dearly!
We hope Bill and family find strength in the love all around and comfort in all of the precious memories to embrace. With love, Chris and Chizu