Dorothy Downs
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Dorothy (Lowrey) Downs, 90, of Wellfleet, MA, died peacefully at home on December 16, 2019. She was the wife of the late Cyril "Win" Downs, Jr. to whom she was married for 60 years. A city girl from South Boston, she married the love of her life, a Cape Cod boy, and moved to Wellfleet in 1948. Dottie lived by the adage, "If you are lucky enough to live by the sea, you are lucky enough." She is survived by her two daughters, Robin Burns (O.J.) and Nancy Winslow (Eric); nieces and cousins; daughters from her heart Lynne Heyliger (Manny) and Nancy Porteus (Jon); and all of their families. She was the loving grandmother to eleven and a great-grandmother of sixteen. In addition, she is survived by her cherished caregivers and many treasured friends. A memorial service will be held on January 4, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 200 Main Street, Wellfleet, MA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Homeless Prevention Council, P.O. Box 828, Orleans, MA, 02653; First Congregational Church, P.O. Box 1300, Wellfleet, MA 02667; or Mass Appeal, P.O. Box 1694, Wellfleet, MA, 02667. For online condolences, please visit

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Published in The Cape Codder from Dec. 19, 2019 to Jan. 3, 2020.
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January 3, 2020
The whole town will miss Dottie. She was such a great person. Our Red Hat group will never be the same. She told me once that she knew she was losing her memory but she wasn't worried about it. If I'm wandering around town someone I know will bring me home. Her great attitude and smile will be with me always. Rest in Peace.
Ann (KIp) Detlef
December 31, 2019
Dottie (grammie), will be greatly missed by the whole Porteus Family!! She graciously opened up her arms & heart to us, especially after my parents died over 30+ years ago!
I will be forever grateful for her listening ear, reminiscing chats of the past, sincere interest in our lives, welcoming smile, and warm embraces!
With a grateful heart, a huge thank you to the Downs/Winslow family for selflessly sharing their parents, Win & Dottie, with me and my family for over 60 years!! Love you all!
December 29, 2019
Dear Family,
I will miss your mother's smile most of all. She was always grateful for each day and loved her community, Church, family, friends, Kitty,
and beloved grandchildren! GG to everyone's children. My granddaughter Trinity met Dottie once and was touched by her kindness ❤
Thinking of Robin, Nancy, and family
Deepest Sympathies, Donna and family
Donna DeVasto
December 28, 2019
We had a lot of laughs at the red hat lunches . Famous words I will have what she has and chocolate..great lady Dottie.
Marsha Hewitt
December 27, 2019
We send our sympathy to you all. Your Mother was a wonderful woman and will be missed by many. Our thoughts will be with you on January 4.
Jeanie and Jerry
Jean and Jerry Bessette
December 27, 2019
We wish to extend our deepest sympathies at this difficult time.
The Staff of Nickerson Funeral Home
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