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Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors

5400 North Street, Nacogdoches, TX

OBITUARY

Carolyn (Brady) Downing

September 17, 1946January 6, 2020
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Carolyn Brady Downing passed away on January 6, 2020 in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was born on September 17, 1946 in Manilla, Arkansas to parents, James and Effie Brady.

She was the baby of 11. Siblings, Johnnie Bachus (deceased), Mary Jane Bourland (deceased), Donald Brady (deceased), Doyle Brady (deceased), Dorothy Turner, Bonnie Carpenter (deceased), Mavis Lowery (deceased), Arvil Brady, Faye Daniel, and Terry Brady (deceased).

Carolyn graduated from Manila High School, Manila, Arkansas, in 1965. She married Harry Dennis Downing on August 20, 1965 after dating him for five years. They were married for 54 years and 4.5 months. While her husband attended undergraduate school at Arkansas State University she worked as a department secretary at the university then later attended a nursing program where she obtained a license as an LPN (licensed practical nurse, sometimes called a license vocational nurse). She then had a wonderful 35 year career in nursing with about 33 years as an office nurse. She was nurse Carolyn in the local office of Dr. Aaron Polk, serving just over 26 years with him. She is remembered as a very caring nurse who sympathized with her patients. She had hugs for all of them and “Snoopy” band aides for the kids. She loved babies.

In 1994 she had a stroke that slowly but surely led to dementia that eventually forced her to retire from a great career in nursing in 2006. Over the next 13 years the brain damage steadily worsened and culminated in her death on January 6, 2020. She bravely battled this disease until her body could just fight it no longer.

She and Harry D. (as she called her husband) had no children. She is survived by three siblings, Arvil Brady of Wauconda, Illinois, Dorothy Turner of Orlando, Florida, and Faye Daniel of Southhaven, Mississippi, and several nieces and nephews, too numerous to list. Two particular though are Donnita Morris, Pocahontas, Arkansas and Kathy Smith, Mountain Home, Arkansas.

She was a Baptist by faith since her teen years. To those that knew her, she was a joy to be around and had a big caring heart especially for her patients. She was Harry D.’s soulmate for almost 60 years.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to her caregiver of four years, Sandra Pennywell.

Funeral services will be held, 2:00 PM, Thursday, January 9, 2020, Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel. Friends and family are invited to a visitation from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at Cason Monk-Metcalf, located at 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches.

Additional funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 11, 2020, at Howard Funeral Service in Manila, Arkansas, with visitation from 1:00 until service time. Burial will follow at Manila Cemetery with the following pallbearers: Don Daniel, Shane Frost, Brady Morris, Hunter Morris, Kevin Rose, and Ali Piran.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the SFASU Foundation for the Carolyn and Harry Downing Nursing Scholarship, P. O. Box 6092, SFA Station, Nacogdoches, Texas 75962-6092.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, Nacogdoches, Texas.

  • DONATIONS

  • SFASU Foundation for the Carolyn and Harry Downing Nursing Scholarship

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, January 8, 2020
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 9, 2020

Memories

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Ira & Elaine Lawson

January 16, 2020

Harry,
Our entire family have so many life long memories of Carolyn, “ the Snoopy nurse”. She practically help raise our three kids when we were in crisis mode because of a sickness or injury. Our grown daughter Kristen still remembers the Snoopy band aids. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and may God’s Grace and Comfort be with you in the coming days. We cannot wait to see her on the other side of Heaven.
Ira & Elaine

Jean Reed

January 14, 2020

Ms. Carolyn was the sweetest person that cared for our young family now grown along with Dr. Polk for many years. She was thoughtful and caring and my children were always excited to go see her and get Snoopydaides as they called them. I remember how she picked the kids up and hugged them with her eyes tearing up every time she had to give them a shot. A precious soul that we will always have fond memories of.
Our condolences to her family.
Steve and Jean Reed & girls

Deborah Donner

January 10, 2020

Dear Harry D, and Family, the Manila High School Alumni and Class of '65 extend our deepest condolences on the passing of Carolyn. She was one of a kind, and very well liked in high school and among her friends. She was never without a smile and was always upbeat and friendly. We know you shall miss her, and we send our thoughts and prayers to you all.
MHS ALUMNI & CLASS OF '65 - HOME OF THE LIONS!

Patricia Ellis

January 9, 2020

Carolyn was a good friend in High School and I always loved being around her. After reading her obit, I realized what an amazing person she really was. Wish I had known her as a adult. I will always remember her and her beautiful outlook on life. RIP sweet friend.

Angela Perry

January 8, 2020

I never had the pleasure of knowing Ms. Carolyn, but I did get a chance to work for Dr. Downing as his administrative assistant in the Physics department at SFA from 2014-2018. It was during my time working for him that he would share stories of being married to such a wonderful woman and I would watch his eyes fill with love when speaking of her. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Dr. Downing, during this difficult time. May her memory be a blessing always.

Karen Migl

January 8, 2020

I had the pleasure of knowing Carolyn when she worked for Dr. Aaron Polk. She was such a kind and compassionate individual that always made her patients feel special. She was that person that was always first at work and last to leave. Her patients came first no matter what was going on in her life. This lady was one of a kind that will be greatly missed by all that knew her.
We all share your loss Harry.
Blessings,
Karen and Donald Migl

Trina Menefee

January 8, 2020

When I began working with Harry D in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at SFASU I had the pleasure of meeting this sweet lady. She loved my babies so much.
Ms. Carolyn will be greatly missed by many.
The Downing's are very special people. I love them dearly.

Harry Downing

January 7, 2020

My sweetheart of almost 60 years and spouse of over 54 years has left this world to be in heaven. The loss I feel is almost unbearable. I thank God I was with her when she drew her last breath. Her passing was peaceful and I am thankful for that, too. Watching her struggle with dementia over the last four years has taken a toll on me. Her caregiver, Sandra Pennywell, who provided great care and support for her during that time was a God-send. Carolyn touched many lives including her large family. (Carolyn was the baby of eleven and therefore has many, many nieces and nephews.) But her work as an office nurse (most of her career at Nacogdoches’ Dr. Aaron Polk’s office) was what defined her. She was sympathetic with the ill and the hurt, always had a hug for them, and she loved the children patients especially and always had “Snoopy” band-aides for them. She enriched the lives of those who knew her. I shall miss your dearly, Carolyn, you have been my one and only. Love you always, your husband, Harry D.

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Biography

Carolyn Brady Downing passed away on January 6, 2020 in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was born on September 17, 1946 in Manilla, Arkansas to parents, James and Effie Brady.

She was the baby of 11. Siblings, Johnnie Bachus (deceased), Mary Jane Bourland (deceased), Donald Brady (deceased), Doyle Brady (deceased), Dorothy Turner, Bonnie Carpenter (deceased), Mavis Lowery (deceased), Arvil Brady, Faye Daniel, and Terry Brady (deceased).

Carolyn graduated from Manila High School, Manila, Arkansas, in 1965. She married Harry Dennis Downing on August 20, 1965 after dating him for five years. They were married for 54 years and 4.5 months. While her husband attended undergraduate school at Arkansas State University she worked as a department secretary at the university then later attended a nursing program where she obtained a license as an LPN (licensed practical nurse, sometimes called a license vocational nurse). She then had a wonderful 35 year career in nursing with about 33 years as an office nurse. She was nurse Carolyn in the local office of Dr. Aaron Polk, serving just over 26 years with him. She is remembered as a very caring nurse who sympathized with her patients. She had hugs for all of them and “Snoopy” band aides for the kids. She loved babies.

In 1994 she had a stroke that slowly but surely led to dementia that eventually forced her to retire from a great career in nursing in 2006. Over the next 13 years the brain damage steadily worsened and culminated in her death on January 6, 2020. She bravely battled this disease until her body could just fight it no longer.

She and Harry D. (as she called her husband) had no children. She is survived by three siblings, Arvil Brady of Wauconda, Illinois, Dorothy Turner of Orlando, Florida, and Faye Daniel of Southhaven, Mississippi, and several nieces and nephews, too numerous to list. Two particular though are Donnita Morris, Pocahontas, Arkansas and Kathy Smith, Mountain Home, Arkansas.

She was a Baptist by faith since her teen years. To those that knew her, she was a joy to be around and had a big caring heart especially for her patients. She was Harry D.’s soulmate for almost 60 years.