Virginia Downer



GODFREY — Virginia Alice (Braddy) Downer, 78, formerly of Hartford, passed away at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Blu-Fountain Manor in Godfrey.

She was born Aug. 20, 1935, in Hartford, daughter of the late John Crawford and Opal Mae (Jimpson) Braddy.

On Dec. 10, 1955, she and Richard L. Downer were married in Hartford. He preceded her in death Sept. 6, 2008.

Virginia retired as an insurance underwriter for Marsh & McLennan in St. Louis. In her younger years, she played softball for the Wood River Royals and later became a youth girls softball coach for the Hartford Khoury League. Virginia was a very active member in her local community. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hartford and a longtime Trustee for the Village of Hartford. Virginia, a graduate of East Alton-Wood River High School, also became a member and past president of the school's board of education. More recently, she belonged to Women of the Moose, the local Red Hatters chapter and Lewis and Clark Historical Society. Virginia was also an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan. More than anything, she enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Teresa and Paul Murfin of Canton, Ga., and Ramona and Kevin Waltz of Godfrey; two sons and daughters-in-law, Rick and Patty Downer of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., and Roger and Joli Downer of Holiday Shores;, 11 grandchildren, Erin Downer, Shalyn (Ryan) Watson, Whitney (Danny) Grogan, Mindee (James) Calabrese, Lynsey Miller, Alex Murfin, Jacob Murfin, Drew (Mandy) Marquis, Turner Marquis, Kayce Waltz and Lauren (Jason) Smith; 11 great-grandchildren; and three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Joan and John Gohlson of Rosewood Heights, Carolyn Shive of Wood River and Terry and Rich Sinclair of Godfrey.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by an infant son, Jerry M. Downer; a grandson, Timothy Downer; a sister, Jean Ewen; and two brothers, John and Stanley Braddy.

Visitation was Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Paynic Home for Funerals, where services were held Thursday, March 6. Burial followed at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens.

Memorials may be made to the .

Online information and guestbook may be found at

Published in The Telegraph from Mar. 5 to Mar. 7, 2014