News From Terre Haute, Indiana

October 2, 2013

Mary Elizabeth Downing


TERRE HAUTE — Mary Elizabeth Downing, loving mother and grandmother, age 90, of Terre Haute, died Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, at Union Hospital. She was born Aug. 4, 1923, in Terre Haute, to Margaret Remlinger-Compton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Downing Sr.; her mother and stepfather; one brother, Robert Compton; and a grandson, Michael Todd Cherepkai.

Survivors include two sons, Ralph Downing Jr. and wife Sharon of Terre Haute, and Larry Downing and wife Kaye of Covington, Ga.; one daughter, Vicky Downing Cherepkai of Terre Haute; one granddaughter, Terri Fields and husband David; five grandsons, Lyle Cherepkai, David Cherepkai, Ralph Downing III and wife LeAnn of Terre Haute, Jeff Downing and wife Traci, Chris Downing and wife Melissa of Covington, Ga.; a great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Downing of Terre Haute; three great-grandsons, Matthew Fields, Nicholas Fields and wife Cherokee, and Zachary Fields; a great-granddaughter, Skyler Downing; two great-grandsons, Zachary Downing and Logan Downing of Covington, Ga.; one great-great-granddaughter, Ava Fields of Terre Haute; her wonderful sister, Rose Henneman of Terre Haute; and several nieces and nephews.

Mary was a member and volunteer at American Legion Post 346 for more than 40 years. Something she enjoyed very much. She was loved and will be missed by all who knew her.

Services are 1 p.m. Thursday at Thomas Funeral Home, with the Rev. Mark Fleschner officiating. Visitation is 11 a.m. until services Thursday. Burial will follow at Highland Lawn Cemetery.