2013-10-10 / Obituaries

Louise Mae (Alley) Downing

Louise Mae (Alley) Downing, 74 of Middletown, recently passed peacefully at home surrounded by her family. She was the wife of Gerard M. Downing who she married on Aug. 31, 1957.

Born on Nov. 7, 1938, in Everett, Mass., she was the daughter of the late Walter Bishop Alley and Leola (Adams) Alley.

She was a graduate of East Providence High School and worked at the Providence Journal and the Newport Daily News. She loved horseback riding and vacationing in Maine, North Carolina and Florida with her family.

Besides her husband, she is survived by her children, Gerard M. Downing III and his wife Kim, Steven B. Downing and his wife Stacey, Jill M. Hubbard and her husband Leonard, Peter W. Downing and his wife Sarah, and her former son-in-law Francis Holbrook.

Louise was the grandmother of Joshua and Zachary Downing, Emma and Eliza Downing, Jacqueline Holbrook Wilkinson and Frankie Holbrook II, and Hope and Steven Downing. She also leaves her sisters, Joanne McChrystal of Stuart, Fla., and Kathleen Roscoe of Chelmsford, Mass.

Her funeral will be held on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 10 a.m. in Trinity Church on Queen Anne Square in Newport. Burial will follow in Newport Memorial Park in Middletown.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded WarriorProject.org.

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