MARY MARGARET DOWNING
99, of Gagetown died peacefully Friday, August 5, 2022 in Northwood Meadows Medical Care Unit, Cass City. She was born March 10, 1923 in Grand Rapids.
Mary grew up and lived in Gagetown for many years, graduating from Gagetown High School in 1940 and going on to attend Bay City Business School. She was Postmaster at the Gagetown Post Office for forty years, an anchor for the Gagetown community. Mary was actively involved in the community, acting as treasurer of the Owen-Gage School Board, volunteering at the Thumb Octagon Barn, being a member of the Our Lady Consolata Parish, and organizing many of the town’s improvement efforts. She was an adventurous traveler, visiting all seven continents including Antarctica, Australia, and Europe. Mary was an avid golfer, playing until age ninety-three. For years, she split her time between her home in Gagetown and second home in Lehigh Acres, Florida. She was a social being with many friends, many of whom she would join for card playing and other social ventures. Mary loved to laugh and have a great conversation with whoever was around.
Mary is survived by her children: Susan Scott of Saginaw; Craig Downing of Gagetown; Victoria Downing of Linthicum, MD; two grandchildren: Matthew Downing and Morgan Strehl. She is preceded in death by her sons: Mark Downing, Richard Hunter.
Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 9, 2022 in Our Lady Consolata Parish, Gagetown with Deacon David Gillespie officiating. Interment at a later date in St. Agatha Cemetery, Gagetown. Memorials may be made to Friends of the Thumb Octagon Barn or Our Lady Consolata Parish (for the St. Agatha Food Pantry) with checks made payable to Our Lady Consolata Parish. Family and friends may share memories, prayers, and photos with the family at www.kranzfuneralhome.com.
Kranz Funeral Home, Cass City, Michigan
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