Margaret Francis Downs passed away at 97 years, of natural causes, on Saturday, June 11, 2022, in Bradenton, Fla. She was born on Oct. 20, 1924, in Springfield, Mo.

Margaret was predeceased by her stepfather, Tom Moore, and mother, Lema; husband, Joseph Hamilton Dows Jr.; sister, Billie Jo Wilson; and brother Walter George “John” Moore.

She is survived by her sister, Sue Harris; children, Joseph H. Downs III (Synthia), Sydney Shaurette (Richard); grandson, Justin Clegg; stepgranddaughters, Monica Leonhardt (Erich), Laura Knighton (Chip), Jennifer Phuphanich (Golf); and numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

By her request, there will be no services. She will be cremated and interred at a later date in the National Veterans Cemetery in Fayetteville, Ark., joining her husband.

Memorial gifts can be made in her name to The Southern Atelier 501(3)© 5320 Lena Rd Unit 105, Bradenton, FL 34211 or The Friends of the Central Library, 1301 Barcorrota Blvd. W., Bradenton, FL 34205.