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DOWNER, Dorothy "Jean"

DOWNER - Dorothy "Jean"
Former Hamburg resident, age 87, died June 15, 2012, in Fairfield, CT. Jean was born February 21, 1925 in Philadelphia, PA, to Peter and Caroline Beck. She was predeceased by her brother, Louis "Bud" Beck; and her husbands, Harold "John" Amann (1957) and Prescott Downer (1992). She attended the Philadelphia High School for Girls and served in the U.S. Navy during WW II as a WAVE in the hospital corps. After marrying John Amann in 1946, they lived in the Philadelphia area before settling in Gowanda. Following John's death, she married Prescott Downer in 1958 and they lived in Hamburg before retiring to the Pinehurst/Southern Pines, NC area in 1982. Jean was an active member of her churches and numerous volunteer organizations and charities, including the Red Cross and Camp Fire Girls, and was the founder of the Seven Lakes (NC) Diamonds. During her retirement, she travelled extensively and enjoyed life to the fullest. Her sense of humor, desire to be independent and love of novelty, companionship and family continued to the end. She is survived by her sons, David and Peter Amann of British Columbia, Canada; daughters Carolyn Morgano of Orchard Park, NY and Susan (Mark) Durham of Fairfield, CT; five grandsons, five granddaughters; seven great-granddaughters; two great-grandsons; six nieces, and three nephews. She will be dearly missed by all her family and the many friends she made wherever she lived and travelled. Ceremony will be private and interment will be in Pine Hill Cemetery, Gowanda, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts/donations may be made to the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, 555 Long Wharf Drive, New Haven, CT 06511, Condolences may be sent to 340 Hill Farm Road, Fairfield, CT 06824.

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