DOREEN H. DOWNEY

Posted Dec. 03, 2010, at 7:51 p.m.

ELLSWORTH – Doreen H. Downey, 63, beloved wife of 41 years to Stephen Downey, passed away Dec. 3, 2010, with her family by her side at home, after a long, heroic battle with cancer. She was born Sept. 28, 1947, in Waltham, Mass., the daughter of Herbert H. and Doris (Landry) Higgins. Doreen graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1965 and continued her education at Washington State Teacher’s College, Machias, receiving a degree in elementary education. Upon graduating she was employed as a teacher by the Ellsworth school system. On July 5, 1969, Doreen married her high school sweetheart, Stephen, and together they created a loving, wonderful marriage full of memories. After staying home to raise her children, Doreen worked side-by-side with her husband in his land surveying business. She was blessed with the births of her son, Patrick; and daughter, Shannon. She cherished the birth of her only grandson, Aaron, and continued to fully enjoy his childhood, including a recent vacation to Williamsburg, Va., where they created many wonderful memories together. Family was the most precious gift to Doreen. Her focus was her family for every day of her life. She will be missed by all who loved her, and her love and strength will carry on through her family and friends. She will be remembered by her husband as a beautiful and caring wife; by her children as a devoted and loving mother; by her grandson as his one and only “Mema”; and by her friends as a kind, caring and strong woman. She enjoyed volunteering for many local organizations. Because of her kind and caring personality, she acquired many close friends in the Ellsworth area and at their much-loved vacation home in Nokomis, Fla. Doreen is survived by her beloved husband, Stephen of Ellsworth; son, Patrick of Ellsworth; daughter, Shannon and husband, Steve, of Southwest Harbor; the light of her life, her grandson, Aaron; brothers, Dennis Higgins and wife, Catherine, of Ellsworth and James Higgins and partner, Donna, and his children of Columbia, S.C.; brother-in-law, Michael Downey and wife, Wendy, and their children of Ellsworth; mother-in-law, Mary Louise Downey Wood and husband, Caswell, of Ellsworth; aunt, Patricia Higgins and her children of Ellsworth; and many much-loved extended family members. The family thanks everyone for their love and support for Doreen. Calling hours will be held 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth. A Mass of Christian burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 6, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 231 Main St. Ellsworth, with Father Scott Mower, celebrant. Interment will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Ellsworth. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Father Kenny Center at St. Joseph Catholic Church after the service. Contributions in Doreen’s memory may be made to Mary Dow Center, 50 Union St., Ellsworth, ME 04605. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.

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