Oreta R. Downer (1922 - 2015)

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Oreta R. Downer, 92, South Eighth Street, DuBois, died Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at the DuBois Nursing Home.
Born Dec. 4, 1922, in Tyler, she was the daughter of the late James and Edna Vivian Peters. On Jan. 6, 1945, at St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church in DuBois, she married Earl "George" Downer. He preceded her in death May 8, 2013.
Oreta worked at the Pool and Patio Store in Virginia for 13 years. She also was a teacher's aide for eight years in Virginia and Florida.
Mrs. Downer was a member St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church where she was a member of the Altar Rosary Society. She was a member of the Ladies of the Lake and a member of the Auxiliary of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 65 where she served as adjutant and state of Pennsylvania chaplain. She was also a volunteer for Meals on Wheels in the DuBois area.
Oreta is survived by her children: E. George Downer Jr. and his wife, Carol, of Treasure Lake; Oreta Catherine Pierce and her husband, Daniel, of Woodbridge, Va.; James W. Downer of Wilmington, N.C. and Ricky F. Downer of Springfield, Va.; a brother, Lamar W. Peters of Lake Ridge, Va.; seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her brother, James Peters.
Friends will be received from 4-7 p.m. Friday, March 13, 2015, at the Goble-Baronick Funeral Home, DuBois. The rosary will be prayed at 3:15 p.m. Friday afternoon at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 14, 2015, at St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Msgr. Richard Siefer as celebrant. Burial will be in Morningside Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the DuBois Nursing Home Activities Department, Attention: Bona, 282 South Eighth St., DuBois, PA 15801.
Online condolences may be sent to www.gbfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Courier Express from Mar. 11 to Mar. 12, 2015