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Louise M. Downey

Posted October 03, 2013 in Boone, Obituaries

September 8, 1920 – October 2, 2013

Louise Downey

Louise Downey

Louise M. Downey, 93, died Wednesday, October 2, 2013, at the Madrid Home in Madrid. Funeral services will be held 10 am Saturday, October 5, at Sundberg-Kirkpatrick Chapel where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines.

Louise was born on September 8, 1920, in Bloomington, IL to Arthur and Jayne (McKeag) Skidmore. She married Dean Downey on January 17, 1946, in Grinnell and they made their home in Des Moines for most of their married life. Louise worked as a teller at the East Des Moines National Bank. She was a member of VFW Ladies’ Auxilliary in Madrid and the Order of the Eastern Star in Harlan.

Louise is survived by her husband of 67 years, Dean, her children, Gary (Donna) Downey of West Des Moines and Gwen (Jim) Bennett of Madrid; her grandchildren Joby Bennett, Jamie (Abby) Bennett, Travis Downey, Jocie (Travis) Wunschel and Darci (Ben) Moran; step granddaughter, Michelle (John ) Kline; and her great grandchildren, Shelton, Brody, Braeden, Cooper, Carsyn, Jeff, Preston, Addison, Jimmy, Arianna, Hannah, Harper, Rayann, Eva, Jack and Katie. She was preceded in death by her parents, her grandson, Jeffrey Bennett her sister, Helen Puls and her daughter-in-law, Jane Downey.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Madrid Home. Online condolences will be welcomed at


Information provided by:
Iles Funeral Homes
Sundberg- Kirkpatrick Chapel
202 S. Market Street
Madrid, IA 50156

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