Carol Downing, 76

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Carol Downing, 76, of Drakesville, Iowa, passed away Sunday, March 12, 2017, at her residence.

She was born Dec. 17, 1940, in Carlinville to Carl and Freda (Broers) Brueggeman. She married Darrell Downing Aug. 11, 1973, in Edwardsville; he survives.

As a young woman, Mrs. Downing taught children of military service personnel in Germany and Japan for the Department of Defense. She then taught in Illinois and Iowa for 49 years, the last 10 for Moulton-Udell Schools. She and her husband moved to the farm in Davis County 18 years ago; she enthusiastically became part of the community by joining many organizations and helping with the Drakesville Reunion. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Orleans Church of Christ and was fond of dogs, cats and horses on the farm.

In addition to her husband, surviving are three brothers, Jim (Whiff) Brueggeman of Sterling, Va., Raymond Brueggeman of Edmond, Okla., and Barry (Cheryl) Brueggeman of Houston, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant sibling.

Visitation began at 9 a.m., Wednesday, March 15, at Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield, Iowa, with Eastern Star services at 5 p.m., followed by family visitation until 7 p.m. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 16, at the funeral home, with Pastor Jerry Weller officiating. Burial was at Drakesville Cemetery in Drakesville, Iowa.

Memorials may be made to Orleans Church of Christ or Drakesville Cemetery.

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