CONCORD - Almira (Walker) Downar, 84, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, in Concord.
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Almira was born March 9, 1928, in Worcester, Mass., the daughter of the late Vernon P. and Mildred (Carrow) Walker. She graduated from Hollis High School in 1945 and from the University of New Hampshire in 1949. She taught in the Milford schools, where she met Eugene Littlefield, whom she married in 1950. After several moves, they settled in Concord.
After Eugene's death in 1971, Almira returned to school and earned an associate business degree from Hesser College. She then began a lengthy career in the N.H. Human Resources Department. It was there she met James B. Downar Sr. They married in 1975 and resided in Northfield. Almira and Jim delighted in designing and hand-crafting gifts for family members and enjoyed their annual trips visiting family on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
After Jim's death in 1991, Almira returned to Concord where she lived until her death. She was an active member of the West Congregational Church for 48 years. She had recently served on the church's Pastoral Call Committee, the church Welcome Committee, and had completed a "Through the Bible in a Year" Bible study.
Almira was also predeceased by her sister, Barbara (Walker) Goodwin, of Hollis; and by her brother, Richard Walker, of Pennsylvania. Almira is survived by two nephews and their wives, Henry and Beverly Goodwin of Nashua, Charles and Barbara Goodwin of West Hartford, Conn.; a niece, Mildred (Mimi) Goodwin of St. Paul, Minn.; two stepsons and their wives, James Jr. and Karen Downar of Auburn, and Craig and Suzanne Downar of Hertford, N.C.; and their respective children and grandchildren. She especially enjoyed seeing her cousins at Walker family reunions that took place over a number of decades, as recently as this past August.
Her family especially wants to thank the second floor nurses and rehab staff at the Pleasant View Center in Concord. Their patience, skill and persistent encouragement allowed Almira to make a remarkably strong recovery from her stroke in early December.
services: There will be no calling hours. A celebration of Almira's life will take place on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 1 p.m. at the West Congregational Church, 499 North State St., Concord, 03301, with a reception to follow in the church hall. A private interment will take place in the spring at the Tilton-Northfield Arch Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Almira's name to the Memorial Fund at West Congregational Church at the above address.
Messages of condolences may be offered at bennettfuneral.com.
Published in Union Leader on Feb. 11, 2013