Helen Ruth Downing, 87

Helen Ruth Downing, 87, of Dagsboro, Del., went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008, in Coastal Hospice at the Lake, Salisbury, Md. She was a member of St. George’s United Methodist Church in Clarksville, Del.

Downing was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Beulah (Bartley) Johnson; her husband, the Rev. Ivan P. Downing; and her sister, Alma White. She is survived by three daughters, the Rev. Carol Lynn Gathagan and her husband, Boyd, Mary Ellen Downing and Judy Lee Marvel; three sons, Ivan P. Downing Jr. and his wife, Bette, the Rev. William Downing and his wife, Marty, and John B. Downing and his wife, Gail; a brother, Herbert Lloyd Johnson; two sisters, Jean Pomaville and Marie Russell; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life was scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, with interment in St. George’s cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Coastal Hospice at the Lake, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802-1733; or American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 163, Salisbury, MD 21805.