Mary Katherine Downing

August 9, 2018

Mary Katherine Downing, age 73, of Marion passed away at Munson Hospice House in Traverse City on August 2, 2018. Mary was born on June 8, 1945 to George and Volo (Shively) Boyd. Mary married Thomas Gene Downing at the Marion Methodist Church, December 21, 1963. Mary was a member of the Marion United Methodist Church for many years.

She loved reading, shopping, crossword puzzles, spending time with her grandkids, baking cookies, and being outdoors-usually barefoot. She worked and volunteered at the Marion Public School, Cadillac Schools, and Cadillac Hospital. Mary also worked 30 years at the Marion Public Library.

Mary Katherine Downing

Mary Katherine Downing

Mary is survived by her husband Thomas; children Suzanne Marie (David) Sipe of Petoskey; Mark Alan (Stephanie) Downing of Lapeer; grandchildren Tucker Sipe, Thomas Alan Downing, Taylor Downing, Skylaar Hall, and Devynn Hall; Brother George David (June) Boyd of Mancelona; sister in-law Linda Baughan of Marion; brother in-laws Ronald (Rachel) Downing of Venice, Florida, and John (Mary) Downing of Marion; many nieces and nephews; and her dog Barney. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Elizabeth (Betsy) Baughan, and brother in-law Lonnie Baughan.

A memorial service will be held at the Burkholder Family Funeral Home on August 25, 2018 at 11:00 A.M., Rev. Jim Mort officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service and burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery. A luncheon will be held following the service at the Marion United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions: will be made in Mary’s name to Munson Hospice House. The Burkholder Family Funeral Home in McBain is handling the funeral arrangements, thoughts and prayers can be left at

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