Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary & Cemetery

7777 West 29th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO


Mary Joy Downing

March 6, 1927March 24, 2020

Thoughts on Mom

Mom was a hard working, ambitious woman and raised her sons to have the same work ethic. She was not a professional woman but enjoyed making her home beautiful. She was renowned among her neighbors and friends as a gardener and was often sought out for advice on growing flowers. Her show piece was often a rose garden where each bush was healthy and thriving.

Her family looked forward to going to her house for a special meal. She would bring out the white table cloth and special china, and she spared no expense in providing a meal to be remembered. Family was important to her: 2 sons, 5 grandkids and 10 great grandkids.

Mom wasn't a social person who needed many friends, but the friends she made were dear to her heart and she would work hard to stay in touch with them.

Final thoughts on mom; she was a good woman who influenced the lives of the many people around her. She held a belief in her God and lived true to her beliefs.

Services will be held at a later date.


Mary Joy Downing

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Priscilla Chapin

March 27, 2020

Mary was my aunt. We had a special bond between us all my years she was part of my life. When I was a child visiting my grandmother and Jim would come to court her I would run out and jump into his arms and get a hug and kiss before she did. That was a private laugh we had between us. She filled the void and became like a mother after I loss mine. We shared the love of gardening and took many garden tours in the spring together. We would take the bus down to 16th St. in Denver and shop and have lunch out. I will miss our outings together. The last years of her life I would call her regularly and discuss the family happenings and always the gardens. She would ask what I had blooming and what new had I planted. She asked about my tulips the last time I saw her on her 93rd birthday. She will always hold a special place in my heart and will be truly missed. My condolences to her family.

Collena Dickerson

March 25, 2020

Mary was always nearby to give a helping hand, whether it be a rose from her garden or a new recipe she had just tested. She would always want her grass to be the greenest in the neighborhood and of course her house was the cleanest on our street. She will always be a deeply valued person in my life. Condolences to every member of Mary's family.