Nickerson Funeral Home

340 Main Street, Wellfleet, MA


Dorothy (Lowrey) Downs

December 23, 1928December 16, 2019

Dorothy (Lowrey) Downs, 90, of Wellfleet, MA, died peacefully at home on December 16, 2019. She was the wife of the late Cyril “Win” Downs, Jr. to whom she was married for 60 years.

A city girl from South Boston, she married the love of her life, a Cape Cod boy, and moved to Wellfleet in 1948. Dottie lived by the adage, “If you are lucky enough to live by the sea, you are lucky enough.”

She is survived by her two daughters, Robin Burns (O.J.) and Nancy Winslow (Eric); nieces and cousins; daughters from her heart Lynne Heyliger (Manny) and Nancy Porteus (Jon); and all of their families. She was the loving grandmother to eleven and a great-grandmother of sixteen. In addition, she is survived by her cherished caregivers and many treasured friends.

A memorial service will be held on January 4, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 200 Main Street, Wellfleet, MA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Homeless Prevention Council, P.O. Box 828, Orleans, MA, 02653; First Congregational Church, P.O. Box 1300, Wellfleet, MA 02667; or Mass Appeal, P.O. Box 1694, Wellfleet, MA, 02667. For online condolences, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 4, 2020


Dorothy (Lowrey) Downs

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Herb Jacob

January 5, 2020

I would like to thank Dottie for enriching my 30 years in Wellfleet with her always positive smile and dazzling personality.
Watching her sing in the church choir, the hugs at the post office will always be remembered. She was my landlord at Wellfleet Real Estate and also provided me with her rental cottage along with her daughter's property and never had an unkind word , only niceties.
We will miss you.
Forever remembered,
Herb Jacob
Siesta Key, FL

Denise Ilkovich

December 29, 2019

Dotty was always a beautiful lady. She greeted you with such a great smile and caring manner. Our heart felt condolences to Robin and Nancy and families.

Peter Swanson

December 22, 2019

Dottie was an incredibly sweet person and a valued member of the Choir of Wellfleet's First Congregational Church, UCC.
She had a fine soprano voice and a great "can do" attitude. She'd sung with the choir for many, many years and liked to kid about her longevity in the church. We often quote her pet phrase in Choir when preparing a familiar hymn. She'd say, "It sings itself." We miss you, Dottie...

Cathy Croce

December 19, 2019

Dearest Nancy, Robin and Family,

A life well lived
A kind and caring soul
Who loved deeply and was loved by all
Her good heart will live on through all of you

Peace & Love,