Mary Lee Downard
Born: 1/2/1930, Los Angeles, California
She was born in Los Angles, California on January 2, 1930 to Johnnie and Virginia Johnson. She grew up in Moab with 3 sisters, Dorothy Jane, Ginger Rae, and Kathleen Kae. They went on many trips with their Dad selling fruit. She loved picking strawberries. She married Robert Downard on their senior trip April 9, 1948 in Littleton, Colorado.
They were married 68 years and have 8 children. John (Debbie) Downard, Parawon, Utah; Robbin Snow, Castle Dale, Utah; Vicki Lowrey, Castle Dale, Utah; Linda (Rex) Moore, Eureka, Nevada; Merri (Gail) Gordon, Caldwell, Idaho; Rebecca (Richard) Dziuk, Delta, Utah; Cecilia (Scott) Sheehan, Bloomfield, Colorado, and Joe Downard, Moab, Utah.
She graduated from Grand County High School in 1948. She always wanted to just be a mom and raise her children. She loved collecting beautiful things and has an extensive collection of Madame Alexander dolls. She loved shopping especially for Christmas trees, ornaments, and villages. Mom had an eye for decorating and loved her antique bar her father gave her. She had many talents. Mom was a good cook, and a wonderful seamstress who made many Halloween costumes for her children. She enjoyed bowling, hiking with her good friend, Naomi, and shopping with her children. Mom also loved watching the Utah Jazz and the Colorado Rockies and went to many of their games. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Mom loved her home and never wanted to leave it. She will be deeply missed.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; father and mother; sister Dorothy; 2 brother in laws; daughter-in laws, Stacey Downard and Donna Downard; and 4 grandchildren.
She is survived by her children, 28 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild, 2 sisters, and brother-in-law, Richard Downard. A graveside service will be held Saturday, December 30th at 2:00 p.m. at the Sunset Memorial Gardens, Moab, Utah.
Tributes:THINKING OF ALL OF YOU, SORRY WE DID NOT KNOW THE SERVICE WAS EARLIER TODAY.
- BILL AND INALYN MEADOR
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