Mary Lou Downey - age: 88
(August 09, 1930 to January 07, 2019
A celebration of her life will be held at First Parish Congregational Church, 12 Beach Street, Saco on Saturday, February 16th at 1:00 pm with Rev. Deborah Breault officiating. Contributions in Lu's memory may be considered for the ministry and outreach of First Parish Congregational Church, 12 Beach Street, Saco, ME 04072.
Dennett, Craig & Pate Funeral Home and Cremation are entrusted with her arrangements.
Mary Lou Downey mothered three children with heartfelt energy and devotion. She provided a well-organized home that ran like clockwork. This loving order served as an undergirding of support and security for her husband and her children. She was a talented artist, a designer, a builder, an organizer, and a baker. She made the wedding gowns for her daughters and baptism outfits for several of her grandchildren, while also working outside of the home. She worked as an exceptional administrative assistant in positions that moved, as she did, from Oregon to Arizona, Ohio, Massachusetts and Maine, following the career of Loren Downey, her husband of 57 years. Together, Lu and Loren designed and executed the loving renovation of their farmhouse on Joy Valley Road in Buxton. It seemed like there was nothing Lu could not do herself, and there was no stopping her.
Lu contributed to many of the decisions for the rebuilding of the First Parish Congregational church in Saco after the fire. She served as a tireless, creative and productive church historian and was an active member of the church's
prayer group and the prayer shawl ministry. She was enthralled with spiritual matters, and savored stimulating conversation, whether it was about the latest book she had read or the politics of the day. She was often ready with a provocative question to challenge her listeners, and was open to being challenged, herself, in any area. She could laugh at herself while being a compassionate and insightful listener for family and friends. All the while, Lu consistently sought out her own personal life lessons through reflection and meditation. She viewed her terminal illness as another life lesson to be studied.
Lu was an intelligent, thoughtful, talented and generous woman who will be missed by the grateful family she has left behind.
She passed away peacefully in the loving care of Gosnell, Hospice of Southern Maine.