Donna Marie Downing Anderson, M.D.

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WALLINGFORD - Donna Marie Downing Anderson, M.D., 51, of Wallingford, died unexpectedly, Tuesday, May 20, 2014, due to injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident in Minnesota.

She was born in Meriden, Sept. 10, 1962, a daughter of Joseph and Mary Lou Tedoldi Downing, of Wallingford. Donna grew up in Wallingford, attended Hampshire College in Massachusetts and then received her medical degree in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics from Albany Medical College where she completed her residency. Donna was a compassionate healer, practicing medicine in Oil City, Pa., for 15 years. She then practiced at a clinic in Montana and was most recently practicing in Sisseton, S.D. caring for the people on the Indian reservations. Donna was an avid fisherman, loved the outdoors and had a passion for wilderness photography; traveling around the world in pursuit of the perfect photo to share with the family she loved.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her sisters and brothers-in-law, Natalie and Harvey Johnson, of Parsippany, N.J., Joanne and Gary Daviau, of Clinton, and Roberta and Paul Gioffre, of Stevensville, Md.; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, William L. Downing.

Her family will receive relatives and friends in The Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 N. Main St. Ext., Wallingford, on Friday, May 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 24, at 10:30 a.m. from the funeral home when the funeral cortege will proceed to Most Holy Trinity Church, 84 N. Colony St., Wallingford, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Interment will be in St. John Cemetery in Wallingford. In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be sent St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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Published in The Record-Journal on May 22, 2014