Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

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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Memories & Condolence

  1. Ann Imhoff says:

    Raymond and family
    So sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful lady and now she is up in Heaven doing all her great work.
    Ann Imhoff and family

  2. Pastor Stephan and LuAnn Bloomfield says:

    Dear Raymond and Family: We are saddened to read of the passing of Pat. In the past few years we have enjoyed our meetings and work with in the Lay Speaker program. She will hold a special place in our hearts. She will be missed. We pray God will lay His Healing Hand upon each and everyone of you, to help ease the pain of your loss. We are so glad God gives us the memories, which help to sustain us, in the days to come.

    Blessings to you,
    Pastor Stephan and LuAnn Bloomfield

  3. Arlene Morr says:

    My husband, Brooks Morr was saddened by the news of Pat’s death. He served as a Lay Speaker for the Nankin Federated Church in Nankin OH for many years and appreciated all that Pat gave to those members. May God bless the family and comfort you at this time. I remember she was a very caring person in many ways and dearly respected.

  4. Peggy Goetz Price says:

    To Uncle Raymond & family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Aunt Pat’s passing. We will keep her and her family in our thoughts and prayers.
    All our love,
    Frank & Peggy {Goetz} Price S’ville, SC
    Dan & Beth Goetz Weatherford, TX
    Jerry & Becky {Goetz} McCord Sterling, IL
    John & Leeanne Goetz Brush Prairie, WA

  5. Connie Goetz Young says:

    To Uncle Raymond and family,
    I am sorry to hear about Pat’s passing. She was a wonderful person and lead a fulling life with her family and church family. She will be in my prayers.

    Hugs and Prayers,
    Connie Goetz Young & family

  6. jim Kelly says:

    Pat was a classy lady and I learned a lot from her calm and resilient approach to life. Pat will be missed by many. May the peace that only comes from faith in God rest upon the family.
    Jim Kelly

  7. Jan Catherwood says:

    Very sorry to read of Pat’s passing. She was a dear friend and so active in the church plus sharing her lovely smile with all she met. Jan

  8. Jeff Heck & Family says:

    Dave and Family,
    Sorry to hear about your Mom. She was quite a person and led by example. I remember her as a religious, genuine person that was very well respected. I am sure she touched many people who will miss her.
    Our sympathy,
    The Heck family

  9. Chris Chartier says:

    Phil and Ann
    So sorry to hear about your mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  10. Sara Clark says:

    My sympathy to the Downs family on your loss.
    Sara Clark (Don & Ruth Clark’s daughter)

  11. Lois Skulski says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I remember her so well from our school days and overnighters. What a sweet lady and so involved in her children’s lives. I know how much you will miss her and my prayers are with you. Lois

  12. David Davies says:

    Pat was a wonderful lady. I had the opportunity meet her through United Methodist Lay Speaking. She was a good friend, a good leader and very passionate for Jesus Christ. She will be missed by many. Ray and family….you are in my prayers at this time of sorrow. Dave Davies (Tiffin)

  13. Linda McNeill Wilson says:

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of such a wonderful lady. Pat was my Sunday school teacher when I was a child, and became someone I always looked up to as a mentor and friend in my adulthood. Although I’ve since moved from Shelby, and only had the privilege of seeing Pat at the Renaissance over the last 20 years, I have such feelings of fondness for her. Please know that you’re all in my thoughts and prayers.

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