Patricia Mae “Pat” (Ford) Downs
Patricia Mae “Pat” (Ford) Downs, age 84, of Shelby, died Monday, July 15, 2013 at Hospice House of North Central Ohio in Ashland.
She was born March 12, 1929 at home in Nankin, Ohio the daughter of the late E. Kenneth and Gladys (Bailey) Ford. She was a 1947 graduate of Shelby High School and on September 5, 1948 she married Raymond E. Downs and he survives. Pat was a very active member of Shelby First United Methodist Church where she served on many committees over the years. She served on committees at both the district and conference levels, including district lay leader, district director of lay speaking and several others. Pat also spent many hours volunteering in the community, including: Med Central Shelby Hospital, Renaissance Theater, and Meals on Wheels. She was the proud recipient of the Jess Rath Christian Service Volunteer Award. Pat enjoyed watching the many hummingbirds she had around her home; however, her greatest joy was being a mom, grandma and great grandma.
Pat is survived by her husband of nearly 65 years: Raymond E. Downs; a daughter: Suzanne (Wes) DeVene of Willard; 3 sons: David (Andrea) Downs of Shelby, Philip (Ann) Downs of Shelby and Dwight (Ginger) Downs of Birmingham, AL; 13 grandchildren: Sara DeVene, Andrew (Allison) DeVene, Adam (Megan) Downs, Whitney (James) Rule, Jeffrey (Ashley) Downs, Brad (Angela) Downs, Christina Downs, Melissa Downs, Matt Downs, Emma Downs, Grayson Cusimano, Gabriel Downs, Martha Claire Downs; 5 great grandchildren: Molly and Mason Downs , Lucas DeVene, Nolan and Oliver Downs; a sister-in-law: Nannette Ford of Columbus; nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother: Warren Ford and an infant brother: William Ford.
Friends and family are welcome on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 10:30 AM at the First United Methodist Church, 18 South Gamble Street, Shelby. Rev. Mike Corwin and Rev. Tom Snyder will officiate and burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the First United Methodist Church, Class of 1947 Scholarship Fund, or Hospice of North Central Ohio.
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