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Helen E. Downing, 96

Helen E. Downing, of Rossmoor/Los Alamitos passed away on Friday, February 2, 2018. Helen was born on July 20, 1921 to Clayton Carl Keller and Anna Elisabet Keller ( Jackson ). She grew up in Glendale, CA and graduated from Hoover High School in 1938. Helen graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in sociology in 1943. She married Robert W. Downing at the First Congregational Church in Berkeley in 1944 and after a couple of moves, they made their home in Orange County. Helen was a woman of boundless energy and curiosity, attending senior university at Long Beach state well into her 80s. She was an avid collector of Asian art as well as an excellent bridge player. She was devoted to her family and community service, starting as a Bluebird leader and continuing with the Long Beach Assistance League, AAUW and PEO. She was a founding member and past president of the South Coast Chapter of the National Charity League. She was an adventurous traveler and visited almost every country in the world. Helen was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Robert W. Downing and her brother Kenyon Keller. She is survived by her daughter Carol Youmans, of Davis, CA, son Daniel Downing of Bend, OR and son Kendall Downing of Independence, CA. She is also survived by grandsons David Youmans, Michael Youmans, Austin Downing and great grandson Miles Youmans. At her request there will be no services. Interment will be at Forest Lawn, Glendale. Please sign the guestbook, www.presstelegram.com/obits.
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Feb. 9, 2018
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