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Virginia Mae Downes

d. January 7, 2023

Roscoe

 

Virginia Mae (Densmore) Downes, 92 of Roscoe passed away on January 7, 2023 at Cambridge Creekside Dementia Unit in Charleroi; where she received excellent care.  Born on August 31, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Clifford and Ethel Austin Densmore. Virginia “Ginny” was a 1948 graduate of California High School, where she was in the National Honor Society and participated in the marching band. On June 20, 1948, Ginny married the one and only love of her life, Charles Richard Downes – they were married for 74 years.  The couple briefly lived in Chambersburg, PA then settled in Roscoe among family.  Ginny began working side by side with her husband Chuck in running the family business, Downes News & Lunch, once her youngest child started school in 1974. The couple worked together until they retired and sold the business in 1991.  Ginny is proceeded in death by her husband Chuck in June 2022, her parents, siblings and her son, William Downes.  She is survived by her 4 children:  Thomas (Patty) Downes, Kathleen, Samuel (GayLynn) Downes and Jennifer (Terry) Todd; her very special nephew Roger (Diane) King as well as 12 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews; and her loving companion Buddy. Ginny was a member of the Eastern Star Lodge and the Roscoe Presbyterian Church, including the Janet Raye Circle for many years. Ginny and Chuck had 30 years of retirement and enjoyed wonderful vacations including 2 trips to Hawaii and many cruises and excursions in their motor home.  However, Ginny’s greatest love and best talent was being the BEST Mom to her children always. She loved cooking their favorite meals and goodies; as well as being there to celebrate every accomplishment no matter how big or small or to pick them up after a disappointment.  She opened her house to so many and never turned anyone away without love and a hot meal, making everyone feel at home.  There is a hole in the hearts of her children, grandchildren and loved ones that can never be filled, we will miss you forever Mom.

 

Thank you to Amedisys Hospice for all of the wonderful aides, nurses and social workers that helped with her care this last year.  Special heart-felt thank you to the staff at Cambridge Creekside for the excellent care and love that they showed our mother, taking care of her as if she was one of their own.

 

Visitation will be held at the Melenyzer Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Inc. 1008 Furlong Avenue, Roscoe, PA Wednesday, January 11th from 2 PM to 4 PM and 6 PM to 8 PM; funeral services will be at 11 AM Thursday, January 12that the funeral home, Rev. Candace Cook presiding. Interment will be held at Howe Cemetery.

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Visitation

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

2:00 - 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

Melenyzer Funeral Homes & Cremation Services - Roscoe

1008 Furlong Avenue, Roscoe, PA 15477

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Visitation

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Melenyzer Funeral Homes & Cremation Services - Roscoe

1008 Furlong Avenue, Roscoe, PA 15477

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Funeral Service

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Melenyzer Funeral Homes & Cremation Services - Roscoe

1008 Furlong Avenue, Roscoe, PA 15477

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