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Geneva Mae Downing

April 11, 1927 — January 16, 2013

Geneva Mae (Seabaugh) Downing of Grandview, MO passed away January 16, 2013 at Research Medical Center. She was born April 11, 1927 at her home in Sedgewickville, MO to Dale And Grace Seabaugh. As the oldest sibling, Geneva and her two sisters, Virginia and Coletta, became best friends growing up on the farm in Southeast Missouri. Geneva always loved books and reading and studied to become a teacher. After two years of teaching, she met her husband, Roy Downing, and they were married Oct. 21, 1950 and as newlyweds moved to Granite City, IL. While in Granite City, Geneva and Roy began their family with the births of their three children. Geneva loved being a mother and being involved with school, church and mother of twins club. The family moved to Grandview, MO in 1962 where she has lived for the last 50 years. In 1963 she began her career in retail sales management at Truman Corners and loved fashion.

When she retired in 1977, she and Roy traveled the United States, did lots of gardening, and continued to enjoy reading books. She was a proud part of the Queen Bee friendship, participating in Bingo, Bunko, and Birthday celebrations. Her favorite time was when she could be with her grandchildren. She loved to take them apple picking, to piano lessons, gardening together, putting together puzzles, and playing games. Her strength and determination gave her the ability to continue to do many of these even after macular degeneration took her eyesight. She had a great faith in God and served as treasurer of the Belvidere United Methodist Church for many years. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Virginia Grantham, and Roy, her husband of 58 years. Survivors include her daughter Pamela Pinkerton and husband Michael of Grandview, son Gary of Plainfield, Illinois and son Terry of Raymore. She is survived by two grandchildren, Sean and Allison Pinkerton of Grandview. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Missouri Council of the Blind or Belvidere United Methodist Church

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