Downer, Ruth

Written by David Green.

Ruth Downer, 93, of Morenci, Mich., died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at Fulton Manor in Wauseon, Ohio. 

She was born Nov. 28, 1919, in Carrollton, Ohio, the daughter of Joseph and Maud (Baird) McElroy.  She married Julian Yocom who preceded her in death in 1943.  On Jan. 14, 1949, in Morenci, she married Burke Downer. He preceded her in death on Aug. 9, 1982.

Ruth was a 1942 graduate of Ohio State University. She has been a resident of Morenci since 1947, and a member of the Morenci First Congregational Church.  Ruth was formerly employed at Parker Rust Proof Company in Morenci from where she retired after 32 years of service in 1980.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her husbands, Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Flora McElroy and Mary Harris; and three brothers, Joseph, Harold, and Lee McElroy.

A memorial service is planned at 1 p.m.  Sunday, Dec. 2, at the First Congregational Church in Morenci, with Rev. Jack Cahill officiating.  Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Morenci First Congregational Church or to Stair Public Library.

Arrangements were through the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci. 

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