Jo Ann Downey

Jo Ann Downey

Saturday, September 8th, 1928 - Sunday, June 30th, 2019
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Jo Ann Downey, 90, of Knightstown entered her eternal life at Heritage House in New Castle on June 30, 2019. She was born in Rush County on September 8, 1928 to Ralph and Myrle (Rhodes) Moffitt. She was raised in Rush County on the family’s farm until 1944 at which time the family moved to Knightstown. She attended Mays school until 1944 and graduated from Knightstown High School in 1946. After high school, she worked for Abner Motor Sales where she met the love of her life, John Edwin Downey. They were married on September 20, 1953 in the Knightstown Friends Church. Later she worked for the National Insurance Agency which was located in the First National Bank of Knightstown. Then, she became employed by First National Bank which later was purchased by Bank One. After 34 years of service at the bank, she retired in 1993 as a branch officer.

She was a birthright Quaker and lifelong member of the Knightstown Friends Church; a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for over 50 years, having served as Worthy Matron at one time; a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Post 152 in Knightstown; and a window watcher for the Knightstown Crime Watch. Jo Ann enjoyed watching Indiana University Basketball and the Cincinnati Reds. She and John took her family to dozens of Reds games over the years, including the 1975 World Series. She also enjoyed watching The Young and The Restless, talking on the phone, traveling, playing on her computer, doing puzzles, and playing cards. She very much enjoyed socializing with her friends. She often visited her elderly friends at their homes and nursing homes and never missed a Mays or Knightstown Alumni Banquet. Mostly, she loved spending time with her family. Her grandchildren were her absolute pride and joy. She loved attending all of their sports and was their biggest and loudest fan. In recent years, she enjoyed seeing her great-grandchildren who visited her often.

Jo Ann is survived by her three children: Kay (David) Denney of Knightstown, Janet Downey of Seminole, Florida, and Michael (Susie) Downey of Knightstown; grandchildren, Carissa (Ryan) Brammer of Indianapolis, Scott Denney of Seminole, Florida, Craig (Brittany) Denney of Knightstown, Austin Downey of Knightstown, and Eric (Robin) Magee of Laurel; great-grandchildren, Bronwynn and Beckett Denney of Knightstown; sister, Wanda Gregory of Knightstown; several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Downey in 1987 and her infant son, Lawrence Allen, in 1956.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, July 6, 2019 at Knightstown Friends Church. A memorial service offered by the Order of the Eastern Star will begin the funeral. Burial will follow in Glen Cove Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 – 8 pm, Friday, July 5, 2019 at Heritage Funeral Care in Knightstown.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Heritage House Residence Fund or Angel Wish. The residence fund at Heritage House provides trips, activities and gifts for the residents. The Angel Wish program provides senior citizens with household items, groceries and gifts delivered to their home.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, July 5th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, July 5th, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Heritage Funeral Care
    34 W. Main Street
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  • Service

    Saturday, July 6th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday, July 6th, 2019 10:00am
    Knightstown Friends Church
    214 E. Brown Street
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    Tim Basford
  • Interment

    Glen Cove Cemetery
    8875 S. State Road 109
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Vicky and MaryAnn Flynn

Posted at 09:56pm
We are very sorry to hear about your mom. We never met her but through your stories we feel like we know her. We hope that in time you will heal. She is in paradise with your dad and isn’t suffering anymore. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Keith and Jennifer Guilmet

Posted at 08:32pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you today and always.
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Carol Blake

Posted at 01:44am
My heart is heavy from losing you Granny.. You were very special to me. Loved being with you at all the family gatherings. I listened to your stories in awe at times. Loved the one when you blew the red light by Flying J's and the cop pulled you over and said 'Mam, do you know you just ran a red light?" You said "yes sir I did" and told the rest of the story. to us.
We all died laughing with you. Loved the recipes you gladly shared ( loved your pea salad). So many great memories! You will get to see John again and your little infant son. Prayers and hugs to your family which loved you so much.. Go rest high on that mountain lady! Love You!! Carol Blake

Diane Steele

Posted at 04:02pm
David’s father, Dick, often said they couldn’t run the First National Bank without Jo Ann. We think there were lots of things and people who were better off with Jo Ann around and in their lives. Heaven is a better place now, too.

Thinking of you all, David and Diane Steele

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