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Shirley J. Downey

Canton- Shirley J. Downey, 83, of Canton, passed away at 7:05 PM on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at Red Oak Memory Care in Canton. She was born on October 30, 1935, a daughter of Earl and Marie (Johnson) Munson. She married Freddy Downey on April 25, 1959 in Canton. He preceded her in death on June 2, 2006.

Also preceded her in death is her parents; one granddaughter, Nicole Drinkwater; one brother, William “Billy” Munson, and one sister, Marjorie Johns.

Surviving is her children, Jackie Downey of Canton; Freddy Clark (Mary) Downey of Fruitland Park, Florida; John Downey of Leesburg, Georgia; seven grandchildren, Trey (Chelsea) Downey of Riverview, FL, Amber (Philly) Nguyen of Wesley Chapel, FL, Jessica Downey of Zephyrhills, FL, Lyndsie Downey of Largo, FL, Austin Downey of Tampa, FL, Lee Drinkwater of Crystal Lake, IL, and Kaylyn Drinkwater of Canton, IL, and one sister, Patricia (Bill) Moore of Canton.

Shirley worked as a Dispatcher for Caterpillar, Inc for 30 years, retiring in 1986.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM on Monday, August 5, 2019 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, where visitation will be from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Sunday, August 4, 2019. Rev. Monroe Bailey will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Canton. Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. To leave online condolences please visit

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  • Bonnilyn Mackoway

    Reply August 1, 2019 3:30 pm

    So sorry to hear about Shirley. She was a friend and co-worker with my mother Babe Mackoway at Caterpiller. She always called me and we sent cards and talked . She was a wonderful and kind friend.

  • Dale Hutton

    Reply August 1, 2019 8:17 pm

    Sorry for your loss

  • Esther Rose

    Reply August 1, 2019 9:08 pm

    Sorry for loss

  • Cindy Downey

    Reply August 3, 2019 7:42 am

    Shirley was a wonderful mother-in-law and grandmother. I will cherish my memories of her forever, all the laughs and all the goodness. My girls Amber, Jessica and lyndsie truly had a wonderful grandmother. RIP Shirley, give Freddy and Nicole big hugs..💔

  • The Shell Family (Jean, Lori, Lisa, Mike)

    Reply August 3, 2019 4:55 pm

    Sorry to hear about Shirley. Our deepest sympathy to Jackie, Clark, John, and the rest of the family.

  • Marcie Anderson-Myers

    Reply August 4, 2019 10:52 pm

    Jackie- So very sorry for the loss of your Mother. I remember her from years ago at Canton Assembly. May our awesome God give you peace in the next days, weeks and months to come. In sincere sympathy, Marcie Anderson-Myers

  • Larry Fitch

    Reply August 12, 2019 7:51 pm

    Sorry to learn of Shirley’s passing. Remember her many years at Mapleton’s foundry as a important member of the maintenance team.

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