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Rita L Downing

May 3, 2017
Pine Island Eagle

RITA L. DOWNING was born February 9, 1927 to Walter F. Shaughnessy, Sr. & Lillian Shaughnessy in Chicago, IL. and died April 24, 2017. She had a half-sister Alice Regal and a half-brother Walter F. Shaughnessy, Jr. She graduated from St. Mary's Academy in Nauvoo, IL in 1945 and began working at John Deere Plow Company in Moline, IL. In 1946, she met the love of her life, William R. ('Bill') Downing, they were engaged one month after they met, then married two months later in Chicago, IL on October 19, 1946. They had a wonderful marriage which lasted 66 years until Bill's death in 2013. Rita worked at the Rock Island YMCA, Blitz Home Improvement and the Rock Island Arsenal before she and Bill retired and moved to Florida in 1990. They very much enjoyed their golden years at Pine Island Cove on Pine Island, FL.

They had two sons, Michael W. Downing (Pamela L.) of White Bear Lake, MN and Dennis J. Downing (Dianna) of Monterey, MA and four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Upon Bill's death, she moved to The Shores of Lake Phalen in Maplewood, MN, to be close to son Michael. She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.

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Rita's family thanks The Shores of Lake Phalen and Intrepid Hospice for the excellent care she received and the family asks that you consider donations to the Alzheimer's Association or your local Hospice Care Association.



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