Lucy E. Downing

June 22, 1928 - August 6, 2017
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Lucy Edna Downing, 89, of New Philadelphia, died Sunday, August 06, 2017, in Union Hospital at Dover following a period of declining health.

One of nine children born to the late Lloyd and Lucy Gowins Everett, Lucy was born in the family home at Winfield on June 22, 1928.

She was a graduate of New Philadelphia Hi…

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Lucy Edna Downing, 89, of New Philadelphia, died Sunday, August 06, 2017, in Union Hospital at Dover following a period of declining health.

One of nine children born to the late Lloyd and Lucy Gowins Everett, Lucy was born in the family home at Winfield on June 22, 1928.

She was a graduate of New Philadelphia High School’s Class of 1946 and remained an active member and proud Quaker supporter the rest of her life. She enjoyed monthly gatherings with her classmates and any opportunity to socialize with her friends.

On November 28, 1946, Lucy married the love of her life, Kenneth D. Downing.  Throughout their marriage, they enjoyed dancing and playing music. The couple had four children and shared in nearly 65 years of marriage prior to Kenny’s death on November 4, 2011.

Lucy served as the General Manager for LK Motel, later Travelodge at New Philadelphia for 23 years and was one of Tuscarawas County’s largest ambassadors of tourism. Lucy’s successful career in the travel and lodging industry earned her seven consecutive Manager of the Year awards which earned her a place on the President’s Award Committee for community involvement and occupancy volume. Lucy was instrumental in forming the Tuscarawas County Motel Managers Association in 1985 that helped keep open lines of communication between area lodging establishments. She often reminisced about her time in the industry and the opportunities she was afforded during her career; especially the notable celebrities she met while serving the Travelodge.

Lucy was a longtime member of First Church of the Nazarene at New Philadelphia and used her vocation as her ministry. She was a six-year board member of the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce and a board member of the Tuscarawas County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, a five-year volunteer with the former I-77 Tourist Information Center, a director of United Way of Tuscarawas County, Tuscarawas Philharmonic and a member of the Quaker Foundation. Lucy was a founding member of the Tuscarawas Valley Tourist Association and served on the board of directors for Trumpet in the Land and held a longstanding membership with the New Philadelphia Kiwanis Club.

Finally retiring at age 82, Lucy was never one to sit still. Her outgoing and unique personality allowed her to be the center of attention. Her love for telling and pulling jokes on family and friends, eating out, socializing, and attending Gospel music concerts were among her favorite pastimes. As her family grew she loved being with her grandchildren and eventually her great-grandchildren as they each held a special place in her heart.

Lucy leaves behind her family that includes two daughters, Kathy (Willard) Skaer and Sherry Ann (Gregory D.) Botkin and ten grandchildren, Melinda (Scott) Batton, Richard Downing, Jason (Maureen) Downing, Charity (Chad) Hockenberry, Hope (Brian) Williams, Natalie (Mark) Stokey, Braden (Courtney) Skaer, Gregory L. (Danielle) Botkin, Alicia (Stephen) Gartrell, and Olivia Botkin.

Completing the family are her siblings, Violet Burgess, Dolly (Ed) Canfield, John (Judy) Everett and Nancy Meechan as well as numerous great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Lucy was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Sharon Downing; a son, Kenny Downing; and siblings, Lloyd Everett, Charles Everett, Margaret Rankin, and Phillip Everett.

The family will greet guests on Thursday, August 10, 2017 in First Church of the Nazarene at New Philadelphia from 10-11 AM where Pastor Mark Maddux will lead a celebration of Lucy’s life at 11 AM. Burial will follow in East Avenue Cemetery at New Philadelphia. Following services, a meal will be shared in the church social hall.

Memorial contributions in Lucy’s name may be directed to First Church of the Nazarene 233 Fair Avenue NE, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.




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Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, August 10, 2017

Time: 10:00 am

End Time: 11:00 am

First Church of the Nazarene


233 Fair Ave NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Service Information

Date: Thursday, August 10, 2017

Time: 11:00 am

First Church of the Nazarene


233 Fair Ave NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Cemetery Information

East Avenue Cemetery


1520 Delaware Drive SE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Born: June 22, 1928
December 26, 2015
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November 1, 2016
Lucy with Richard,Dianne, and Diane Wasnak 2016 visit.
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Died: August 6, 2017

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On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.


Bob & Judy Horn posted on 8/10/17

Sending our sympathy to your family in the passing of a great lady & friend! Got to know Lucy at church & always enjoyed her company Had some good laughs & know she will be greatly missed!


Diane wasnak posted on 8/9/17

Peace and prayers from the Wasnak Family.


Mary Russell posted on 8/9/17

I have fond memories of Lucy and we often drove to church together. We were together in our Snazzie Nazzie group and she was always the life of the party. Will miss her and her love of Jesus.


Pearl Hanner posted on 8/9/17

Sherry and Kathy, You have my deepest sympathy in the passing of your Mom. Our Mother's shared a lot of good times when we were young. I hope they can meet again in heaven and have everyone laughing.


Robert Gribble posted on 8/9/17

Rich, melinda and Jason made cherished memories of Grandma Downing comfort you at this time.


Marilyn Taylor posted on 8/8/17

I am sorry to hear of Lucy's passing. She was a pleasure to work with while I was with the Convention and Visitors Bureau. I am sure she will be sorely missed.


Denise posted on 8/8/17

Lucy was an amazing, sweet, and loving woman. I am glad I got to have the chance to take care of her. ?


Tim and Mary Meiser posted on 8/8/17

To Sherry and family & friends We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom, may your memories help to ease the pain!! With the Deepest Sympathy Tim and Mary Meiser


Judy Solenthaler posted on 8/8/17

Lucy was so much fun she came alot at my mother's house Wilma Brown and she loved music one note Lucy put her face Brown with my sister Shirley acting like A l Joeson it was so funny she love to have a good time going to miss her


Tammi and Jess Beal posted on 8/8/17

It was a pleasure having her with us at New Dawn. She was a real gem and I really enjoyed talking with her. She will be missed


Terry and Ruth Canfield posted on 8/8/17

Sherry and Kathy, Ruth and I send our love, thoughts and prayers. Never a dull moment with Aunt Lucy...just the way I loved it. I will always remember her kindness and thoughtfulness. We are grateful that she has completed her earthly race and has seen the face of Jesus, the One she loved and served.


Diane Wasnak posted on 8/8/17

Dear Sherry, Kathy and family. Some of my most precious childhood memories are of your dad playing the guitar and my pop-pop playing accordion, while your mom and my grandma would sing and dance. Music and laughter filled the air to the delight of all. The years passed and whenever our paths would cross so would music and laughter...even after my pop-pop was not there and later your dad, the music and laughter played on in our hearts In 2015 my grandma celebrated 100 years. Lucy was there and we sang and danced and LAUGHED! After she passed in early spring of 2016, Lucy was there and shared the stories of the music pointing at my still grandma and whispered, "That's my sister". Later that year, my dad, stepmom and I visited Lucy. We shared the stories of the music and the laughter and LAUGHED AND LAUGHED. I think we were all still laughing as we left waving goodbye. I have no doubt that all the angels in heaven are singing, dancing and laughing now that Lucy has joined them. May the living Lord bring you peace and comfort. Love Always, Your Cousin Diane


Sara Updegraff posted on 8/8/17

Kathy, Sherry and families, May you find peace and comfort during this difficult time of losing your mother. With sincere sympathy, Sara and Bill Updegraff


Missy lou everett posted on 8/8/17

To the family my prayers are with u all at this time of loss so sorry for our loss may god comfort u all at this time


Liz West posted on 8/8/17

The first time I met Ms. Lucy she greeted me with a big hug and welcomed me to the family. Her generosity of spirit and laughter will never be forgotten.


Penney Simmers posted on 8/8/17

Aunt Lucy, God has met you and said Well Done My Good and Faithful Servant! I will miss you, but I know I will see you again in Heaven! Love you bunches! Penney


Dolly Canfield posted on 8/8/17

To My Dearest Sister Lucy, you were so dear to me. We had so much fun when we spent time together, laughing, talking and sometimes crying. I will miss you, but I know I will see you in heaven with Mom and Daddy and the rest of the family. Love you always Hugs and Kisses! Dolly


Betty Littlefield posted on 8/8/17

I loved Lucy so much. I will really miss her. We had fun as Red Hat Ladies. Lucy loved to dress up in her red hat dress and hat. We loved taking her to Gospel Concerts. She would get into the music. She would clap and howler if she like a song the entertainers had just sung. She always hated missing our Ladies Lunches. Bless her heart she can now eat at the MASTER'S Table and rejoice in HIS Presence. What a lady. I am so glad I met my Lucy.