The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Obituaries

October 7, 2012

Margaret Downing

DANVILLE — The season is over. The ball park is empty. One of our community’s greatest sports fans has moved to the best seat in the house to view her beloved Cubs, Vikings, Illini, Dans and Jaguars.

Margaret Downing of Danville passed away Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at home surrounded by family.

She was born in Danville on Jan. 6, 1921, to Vernela Ringler Felgenhauer (Slabaugh) and Louis Frank Felgenhauer.

She married Elmo A. Downing (deceased) on March 22, 1940, in Danville.

An infant son, Louis Frank Downing, preceded her in death. She is survived by her children: Judith Haton (Ron, deceased), Sherry Cannon, Becky Muirhead (John) of Champaign and Stephen Downing. Her grandchildren are Pamela Garcia (Michael) of Springfield, Bart Haton of Danville, Stephen Cannon of Denver, Colo., Susan Muirhead (Michael Dunne) of Studio City, Calif., Megan Everette (Matt) of Champaign, Joshua (Stephanie) Downing of Catlin, Jordan (Courtney) Downing of Danville and Jeremy Downing (deceased). Her great-grandchildren are Jarryd (Joann) Braaten of Westville, Chloe and Cannon Garcia of Springfield, Hannah and Jacob Downing of Catlin, and Landon Downing of Danville. She also is survived by three sisters, Barbara Karakachos (John, deceased) of Oreana, Betty Palmer (Jack, deceased) of Danville and Cheryl Denton (Danny) of Danville.

The great joys of her life were family and her love of sports. She enjoyed watching her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in all of their school activities, musical performances and sporting events. She was a long-time sports fan of the Cubs, Danville Vikings, the Illini, the Dans and Jaguars. At the age of 91 she could still be found at these events rooting for her teams.

She loved playing bingo and going to the Riverboat in Peoria. She was well known in the Danville area for her enjoyment of having lunch with her family. She dined out on a daily basis enjoying many of the area’s restaurants.

For the past 30 years, Margaret has resided at the Valley View Heights Apartments where her neighbors and the staff have shown their love and affection. Margaret retired from General Electric where she worked from 1955 to 1983. She was loved by her co-workers who named her the “Bingo Queen” and the “Best Popcorn Ball Maker” in town. She spread good cheer in the workplace and was well-loved by all who were fortunate to know her.

The family would like to extend special thanks and gratitude to her physician, Dr. Sodhi and to the medical staff of Provena United Samaritans Medical Center, St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis, Colonial Manor Nursing Home of Danville and Provena Hospice Care. The quality of her care and the sincere and loving attitude of her caregivers will always be remembered. A special thank you to her hospice caregivers Nancy, Lori, Vicky and Amy.

A service to celebrate the life of Margaret Downing will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home, in Danville. Rev. Dr. Jimmy Hopper will officiate. Burial will follow at Spring Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, also at Sunset in Danville. In lieu of flowers the family suggests a gift in Margaret’s name to Danville High School’s Athletic Department.

1
Text Only
Obituaries
  • Helen B. Ball

    Helen B. Ball, 94, of Covington, Ind., died at 7:50 p.m. EDT Sunday July 20, 2014, at St. Vincent Williamsport Hospital.

    July 23, 2014

  • OBIT-CN 7-23 Kincheloe photo 2 Harriet Jeanette Kincheloe Harriet Jeanette Kincheloe, 99, passed away at 10:20 a.m. Feb. 10, 2014, at Colonial Manor Nursing Home.

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • OBIT-CN Allhands photo Gerald R. Allhands Gerald R. Allhands, 67, of Danville, passed away at 6:16 a.m. Monday, July 21, 2014, at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • OBIT CN 07-23 Sandlin J photo Oushi Jack Sandlin

    Oushi Jack Sandlin, 60, of Tilton, passed away at 2:44 a.m., Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.He was born Feb. 16, 1954, in Gary, Ind., the son of Jack and Eva (Alexander) Sandlin.He was united in marriage to Cynthia (Snyd

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • OBIT CN 07-23 Black H photo Harley Black Harley Black, 78, of Danville, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014, at Colonial Manor in Danville.Born Jan. 9, 1936, he was the son of Harley Neil and Laura Irene (Moffitt) Black. Very young in Harley’s life, his mother remarried to Red Laird, who rais

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • OBIT CN 07-23 Parke T photo Thomas Wayne Parke

    Thomas Wayne Parke, 70, of Covington, Ind., went to Heaven on July 22, 2014, following an illness with cancer this past year.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Margaret Teeters CATLIN — Margaret Ann (O’Leary) Sills Teeters, 82, of Catlin, passed away at 3:22 p.m. Friday, July 18, 2014, at her home.Peggy was born Aug. 18, 1931, in Boston, Mass., to Arthur J. and Margaret Domey O’Leary.She married Charles E. Sills on Dec. 16,

    July 23, 2014

  • Summer patrols help cut crime DANVILLE — Public Safety Director Larry Thomason said special summer police patrols have been helping cut down crime.Police officers have been out particularly Friday and Saturday nights and other various times, he said.“I think it has had a positive

    July 23, 2014

  • OBIT CN 07-23 Gummere R photo Robert Eugene Gummere Robert Eugene “Bob” Gummere, 82, of Hoopeston, passed away at 11 p.m. Sunday, July 20, 2014, at his son’s home in Zionsville, Ind.He was born Sept. 29, 1931, in Danville, the son of John and Maude (Griffin) Gummere.He married Marjorie Woodward on Jul

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • OBIT CN 07-22 Cannon C Photo 1 Charles Nelbert Cannon Charles Nelbert Cannon, a long-time resident of Armstrong, joined the angels “In That Great Forevermore” on July 17, 2014 in Paxton at the age of 93.He was born May 19, 1921, in Camden Ark., to the Rev. Robert H. and Brenda Troil Thornton Cannon.He m

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

E-edition
AP Video
Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' House Committee at Odds Over Obama Lawsuit Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: UN School Used As Shelter Hit by Tank Shell Raw: Gunmen Attack Iraqi Prison Convoy Plane Leaves Ukraine With More Crash Victims The Rock Brings Star Power to Premiere Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return
NDN Video
Facebook Is Officially A Mobile Company 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Swiftair Loses Contact With Air Algerie Aircraft Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid
Must Read