Joan Earnest Downing
Joan Earnest Downing
  • March 21, 1928 - October 25, 2017
  • Annapolis, Maryland

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Cora Joan Earnest Downing, departed this life on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, with her daughter Edie at her side. She succumbed to the debilitating effects of a massive stroke she suffered in 2013. Joan and her twin sister Jean were born on March 21, 1928. She attended Forest Park High School. Joan met the love of her life Jay Downing, at a local dance and they married in 1948. After living in Woodlawn, and later Randallstown, the couple moved to Delaware and enjoyed their retirement years. Mrs. Downing was a stay-at-home mom until her youngest was of school age, when she began volunteering as a "lunch lady". She later worked for many years as a church secretary, initially at Christian Temple in Catonsville, MD, and was later recruited in Delaware where her expertise was sought by St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Ocean City. MD. She enjoyed bowling, played shuffleboard, and later in life enjoyed bridge, and doting upon her cat "Jesse". She was predeceased by her husband Hugh James Downing Jr., parents C. Bruce and Kathryn G. Earnest, and twin sister Kathryn Jean Earnest Einbrod. She is survived by her three children Donna Lynn Downing Glorioso, Hugh James Downing III, Edith Anne Downing Donnelly, her son-in-law Cornelius Joseph Donnelly III, her grandchildren Jennafer Marie Farina (Brian), Shannon Lee Robinson (Brian), Zachary James Downing and Kelsey Elizabeth Downing, four great-grandchildren; Taylor Marie and Kendal Brianne Farina and Abigail Lynn and Braydon Matthew Robinson. Interment Monday, November 6th 2017 on what would have been their 69th wedding anniversary. Funeral service is 1pm in the Chapel at the Delaware Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, 26669 Patriot's Way, Millsboro, DE 19966. A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 11, 2017 11am at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 1101 Bay Ridge Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21403. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the American Heart Association. We miss you Mother, may you rest in peace.