The Ottumwa Courier

Obituaries

October 18, 2013

Barbara Downing

FAIRFIELD — Barbara J. Downing, 60, of Fairfield, formerly of Davis County, died Oct. 2, 2013, at the Cancer Treatment Center in Chicago.

Barbara was born May 31, 1953, at the Davis County Hospital in Bloomfield to Claude “Boots” and Dortha (Friend) White.

Barbara married James N. Downing on Oct. 23, 1976, and they owned and operated the Downing Grocery and Appliance and AC Business in Pulaski and the Radio Shack in Bloomfield. They had since moved to Fairfield, where she worked at O’Reilly’s.

Survivors include her husband, Jim; a son, Brandon of Mt. Pleasant; and a daughter, Marcella of Ames. Also surviving are two sisters, Sharon (Bill) Thomas of Bloomfield and Connie (Orville) Fielder of Eldon.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

The body has been cremated, and a memorial serivce will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Word of Life Lutheran Church, 2092 Libertyville Road, Fairfield. Burial will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Arc of Jefferson County (serving individuals with disabilities).

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