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Grace Ellen Downs, 91

December 29, 2009

OCT. 5, 1918-DEC. 28, 2009

CLEAR SPRING - Grace Ellen Downs, 91, formerly of 148 Cumberland St., Clear Spring, and a resident of the Williamsport Nursing Home, passed away Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, at the home.

Born Oct. 5, 1918, in Frederick, Md., she was the daughter of the late O.E. Fink and Grace Fogle Fink.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John L. Downs, in June 2006.

She was a retired teacher with the Washington County Board of Education for many years.

She was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church of Clear Spring, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Joseph C. Herbert American Post 222 of Clear Spring, the Clear Spring District Historical Society and the Washington County Retired Teacher's Association.

She is survived by a daughter, Carol Rowe and husband, Allen, of Williamsport; a son, Robert Downs and wife, Helen, of Clear Spring; grandchildren, Allen Rowe and Alica Smith, both of Williamsport; and great-grandchildren, Kaylyn, Dylan, Kelsey, Kyle and Sierra.

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She was preceded in death by two sisters, her twin, Martha Fink, and Osra Sipes; and one brother, Robert Fink.

Services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Donald Edwin Thompson Funeral Home Inc., 13607 National Pike, Clear Spring. The Rev. Elaine Swinehart will officiate.

There will be no viewing. However, the family will greet friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m.

Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery, Clear Spring.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Clear Spring District Historical Society, P.O. Box 211, Clear Spring, MD 21722.

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