Mount Ayr Record News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
October 21, 1948
Obituary - E. S. Downie.
Everal Sumner, the youngest in the family of nine children of Alexander and Katherine Parks Downie, was born October 23, 1872, in Benson county, Illinois.
the public schools and for two years was a student at Valpraiso University in Indiana. He left his schooling to care for his
invalid mother, and after her death he worked in Illinois and later engaged in peach-raising in the state of Michigan.
In 1899 he removed to Clearfield in Taylor county, Iowa. On October 9, 1901, he was united in marriage with Emma Barbara
Leiser of Saybrook, Ill. After residing near Tingley for several years Mr. and Mrs. Downie and family came in 1910 to
Mount Ayr, where they have since made their home. Here he engaged in business as a real estate broker and in farming. His
love for growing things was exemplified in his flower gardens, with their numberless (sic) varieties of flowers, his
vegetable garden, and his fruit trees. He was known as the "Tireless Toiler," and he worked early and late towards the completion
of his labors. No task was too small nor too big for his hands and he always worked with the theory in mind that a job
wroth doing was worth doing well. His garden spot in Sheldon Heights, which has been appreciated and enjoyed by young and
old, will miss his patient and loving care.
Since June of this year Mr. Downie had been confined to his bed, a suffering
of intense pain. Death, which occurred early Thursday morning, October 14, brought relief to the pain-wracked body. During
his illness his family, whom he loved greatly, cared for him with kind hands and loving hearts.
Left to mourn the departure
of a good husband and kind father are the devoted wife, two daughters, Aileene (Mrs. Floyd Beaman), of Mount Ayr, and
Bernadine (Mrs. Ray Stewart), of Hilo, Hawaii; two sons, Dr. Gerald, of Nanping, China, and Dale, of Des Moines; seven
granddaughters, two grandson and a host of friends.
Mr. Downie's body lay in state in the foyer of the Methodist church
from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p. m., after which the services were held from the auditorium.
Songs, chosen for the services,
were favorites of Mr. Downie. A mixed quartet, composed of Mrs. J. H. Eddy, Mrs. Chas. A. Hetzel, L. A. Dalbey and Robert
Hudson, beautifully sang, "When They Ring Those Golden Bells for You and Me," and "Going Home."
The Rev. Frank A.
Moore, pastor of the church, conducted the services, during which he read a poem, "When I Reach the End of the
Trail," the philosophy of Mr. Downie's life, which was found among his personal belongings. The Rev. Mr. Moore was assisted
by Dr. Frank Bean, of Sioux City, district superintendent of the Methodist church, and a former pastor of the Mount Ayr
While the friends of the family were paying their last respects to the departed one, Margaret Pence, at the organ,
softly played favorites of Mr. Downie, included among which were "Will There Be Any Stars in My Crown?" "Abide With Me,"
"Crossing the Bar," and "Safe in the Arms of Jesus."
The Mesdames T. Harry Liggett, E. C. Sheumaker and C. E. Thomspon
were in charge of the flowers. T. Harry Liggett, R. E. Hauptmann, Supt. Hugh Steele, Henry Webb, Leo Taylor and Ames
Cross, neighbors, carried the body of Mr. Downie to its final resting place in Rose Hill cemetery.
To our friends and good neighbors who remembered us in our hours of grief we wish to say a
sincere "thank you." We are most appreciateive of the beautiful floral arrangements, the many words of understanding
sympathy (oral and written), and the assistance given and the kind offers of help in caring for Dad. May each kindly deed
you've done return this day to bless your life and you and all you do with perfect happiness. God bless you all. - The
Submission by Mike Avitt, June of 2013