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Betty Downing

Betty Downing, formerly of Bellefontaine, died October 18, 2017 in Westerville, Ohio, where she has lived near her daughter since 2011. She was 93-years-old. Her children, Karen (Doug) Kerns of Galena, Ohio, Russell (Marvalene) Downing of Bellefontaine, Sally (Joe Newport) Harshbarger of Spring City, Tennessee, and David (Toni) Downing of Bellefontaine; as well as her grandchildren and great grandchildren are grateful for the years they shared with her.

Betty was the daughter of Albert Christ Yankee and Clara McCracken of Melvindale, Michigan. She is survived by her younger brother, Kenneth Yankee of San Diego, California. Betty was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, and will be remembered for her devotion to her family.

After WWII she married, Robert “Joe” Downing, the love of her life. She was preceded in death by husband, Robert “Joe” Downing, parents, Albert Christ Yankee and Clara McCracken, brother, Sunny Yankee, sister, Helen Harpham of Kingman, Arizona, and grandson Derek Downing of Bellefontaine.

To her grandchildren and great grandchildren, she was known as grandma and to her numerous nieces and nephews, she was Aunt Betty. For many years, Betty was involved in Bellefontaine Sweet Adelines Inc., the United Methodist Church, and a Gold Leaf Grange member. She enjoyed volunteering at Mary Rutan Hospital and worked on the Election Board.

Her passing will leave an emptiness in many hearts.

Pastor Keith Matthews will officiate a funeral service at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 321 N. Main Street, Bellefontaine. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery in West Liberty.

Betty loved flowers, especially pink and blue of any kind, but would welcome donations made in her memory to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 1550 Old Henderson Road N-160, Columbus, 43220 or OSUCCC James Foundation, 660 Ackerman Road, 6th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43218.

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Bellefontaine and online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.edsfh.com.

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