Shirley Irene Downs
March 04, 1929 ‒ December 24, 2019
Shirley Irene Downs, age 90, of Marion, died unexpectedly on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24, 2019, at Marion General Hospital.
On March 4, 1929, Shirley was born in Cambridge, Ohio, one of six children of the late Robert and Ethel (Schafer) Ellwood. As a family they moved to Marion, Ohio, where she graduated from Marion Harding High School.
A dear friend of Shirley’s, Bonnie Downs, introduced her to Bonnie’s husband’s twin brother, Jesse R. Downs. From there the rest was history. They were married on April 5, 1947, and shared fifty eight loving years of marriage together. He preceded her in death on November 8, 2005.
After over thirty years, Shirley retired from the General Telephone Company in Marion, where she worked in the accounting and security departments. She also was a member of the Independent Telephone Pioneer Association.
Shirley had attended the Shiloh Community Church and was a member of the Marion Moose Lodge.
Always up for an adventure, Shirley loved going camping, hitting the casinos, and taking road trips with her daughter and granddaughter. She also was an avid BINGO player and she loved playing Euchre.
After seventy years, Shirley reconnected with an old high school friend, Bob Lee. It was a sweet love story, and they truly cherished their year together. She never recovered from his passing this past June.
Shirley will be remembered for her kind heart and ornery personality.
She will be missed by her son, Michael (John Wilke) Downs of Chicago, IL; daughter, Deborah Carr of Marion; foster son, Patrick Crager of Green Camp; two granddaughters: Brandy (Amanda Martin) Adams of Delaware, and Kayla Crager of Columbus; a brother, Robert (Janet) Ellwood of Florida; numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Including her husband and parents, Shirley was preceded in death by one brother, Kenneth Ellwood; three sisters: Betty Wilkinson, Opal Murray, and Donna Welch; her favorite sister-in-law, Bonnie Downs; and by her special companion, Bob Lee.
Services honoring Shirley’s life will be held at 10 am on Friday, January 17, 2020, at her graveside in Caledonia Cemetery. Following the services at the cemetery, family and friends are invited to a luncheon in her memory at the American Legion Post 162, 531 Bellefontaine Ave, Marion.
On behalf of her family, they would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Interim Home Health and her nurse practitioner, Dawn Sperling, for their caring services over the years.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Shirley’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.