Maisie I. Downey

Maisie DowneyBorn on 2-22-1921, in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England to Arnold and Frances Rodgers.  She came to the USA when she was 6 years old, with her mother, to join her father, who came two years before.

She lived her life loving animals along with her husband, Theron “Ted” Downey. Ted managed Potter Park Zoo for almost 20 years and together they cared for baby bears, monkeys, birds and any animal that was in need. She raised German Shepherds and ran a boarding kennel for 30 years before her retirement. She also worked with the 4-H club and taught knitting and sewing for 14 years. Maisie loved her family very much and leaves with them many gifts to fill their hearts, they will love and miss her forever.

She is survived by her daughter, Cathy (Harold) Moore; grandchildren, Brian (Jeni) Moore, Ted (Amy) Moore, Heather (Jammy) Place; and, five great-grand children, Jett, Harley, Kelcy, Cooper and Colin. She was preceded in death by her husband, Theron “Ted” Downey; parents, Arnold and Frances Rodgers.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel.  Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Canine Companions for Independence, P.O. Box 446 Santa Rosa, CA 95402.

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Kirk & Christie Spencer
May 5, 2013 at 7:33 pm

We are so sad to hear of Maisie’s passing. She was a sweet lady and she will be missed. We are glad we got to vist with her last August. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

The Spencers

Pastor David Ames & Jackie
May 6, 2013 at 10:24 am

To Heather, Jammy, and family. Heather, your grandmother was a beautiful lady. What an accomplishment in caring and loving animals. We think we know where Heather gets that from. May God be with you as you say goodbye to this wonderful person who made all of your lives richer. Our prayers will be with you.

Jennie Maike
May 6, 2013 at 8:04 pm

I am so saddened that Maisie has passed. She certainly was a great lady, who on more than a few occasions made me laugh at the way she would tease Heather, out of love of course. She sure loved her family! All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Love, Jennie


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