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Dollie Bernice Downs

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BOWLING GREEN - Downs, Dollie Bernice, 87, formerly of Louisville passed away at 1:35 a.m. Sunday, April 28, 2013 at Christian Healthcare.

The Caneyville, KY native was born June 22, 1925 a daughter of the late Buford Free Shain and Geneva Olive Basham Shain. Mrs. Downs was preceded in death by her husband Robert Earl Downs, a daughter, Lonnie Faye Pharis, and a sister Sadie Ercell Thompson.

Mrs. Downs retired from Sears, was a member of Buechel Park Baptist Church and attended First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) while in Bowling Green.

Mrs. Downs is survived by Olivia Dollvetta Kirtley (Sam, Jr.); one sister, Ester Marcella Beasley; five grandchildren, Kamala Pharis, Kara Ridgway (Doug), Samuel Kirtley III (Heather), Stephanie Lawrence (Michael) and Steven Kirtley (Kathi), eight great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation for Mrs. Downs will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Johnson-Vaughn-Phelps Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. (EST) Wednesday in the Last Supper Chapel at Arch L. Heady Resthaven Cemetery, 4400 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40218.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the , Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, or .

Published in The Courier-Journal on Apr. 29, 2013
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