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Marilyn L. Downing

July 11, 1932 - June 7, 2018

Burial Date June 26, 2018

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Peoria, AZ formerly of Lima, OH

Marilyn L. Downing, age 85, born July 11, 1932, passed away peacefully on June 7, 2018, surrounded by family. She was a resident of Pacifica Senior Living in Peoria, AZ, where she had been a resident since 2012. Marilyn was born in Lima, Ohio to Milo P Shaw and Irma K (Johnson) Shaw who preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death was her Stepmother Peg (Aplas) Shaw. On July 11, 1950 she married Norman L. Downing, her high school sweetheart, who preceded her in death on December 13, 2008.
Marilyn graduated from Lima South High School a member of the Class of 1950. After graduation she joined Iota Kappa chapter of the Phi Beta Psi Sorority. She also enjoyed her monthly luncheon club with her high school girlfriends. Other than working part time on occasion at JC Penny, she was a full-time homemaker, wife and mother. Her greatest joy in life was her family. She also loved swimming, bicycling, and camping with family and friends.
Before moving to Arizona, Marilyn was a long-time member of St. Marks United Methodist Church. While living in Peoria, she would attend Christ Church of The Valley when able.
Marilyn is survived by her children: Kathy L. (Kenny) Watt of Peoria, AZ, Steven L. (Beth) Downing of Sun City West, AZ, Kimberly A. Luchini of Lima, OH and John M. Downing of Lima, OH; 12 grandchildren: Kristina L. Mollica, Kevin L. (Angela) Watt, Kyle L. Watt, Christopher L. Downing, Justin L. Downing, Alexandra M. Luchini, Briana Y.(Cody) Warris, Taylor M. Luchini, Brandon L. Downing, Jarrod J. Downing, Andrew J. Luchini and Jordan M. Downing; 8 great grandchildren: Ryan J. Mollica, Milan M. Watt, Robert L. Downing, Ashley M. Mollica, Ava A. Watt, Dominik A. Watt, Ryleigh E. Warris and Brayden M. Warris; Brother: Tom Phalen and Sister-in-Law Anne Grady.
Marilyn was also preceded in death by former son in law, Vince Luchini.
There will be a funeral service held on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 11:00 am at the CHILES-LAMAN FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, SHAWNEE CHAPEL, Lima, Oh. Officiating the service will be Rev. Bryan Bucher. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery following the service. Friends may call on Tuesday from 9:00 am until 11:00 am at the SHAWNEE CHAPEL.
Additionally, an Intimate Gathering was held at the Camino del Sol Funeral Chapel in Sun City West, Az. on the 16th of June for Arizona family and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at https://www.alz.org/. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.chiles-lamanfh.com .


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