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Mary Downey

February 20, 2013

Mrs. Mary Barwick Downey, 80, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 at Shoals Hospital in Muscle Shoals, Ala.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Starkville with Rev. David Shumaker and Rev. Tom Woodard officiating.

Burial will follow in Oddfellows Cemetery.

Visitation will be held 9-11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 at the church prior to services.

Welch Funeral Home of Starkville is in charge of arrangements.

She was Professor Emerita from Mississippi State University, having served as Librarian at Mitchell Memorial Library for most of her career. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, where she was an active member of the Wesley Sunday School Class. She was a graduate of M.S.C.W. and received her Master’s Degree from Mississippi State University.

She is survived by her daughters, Cheryl Guyton of Starkville and Marcia Thomas of Florence, Ala.; son, Raymond Downey of Liberty, Mo.; five grandchildren, John Barwick Guyton, Mary Connor Guyton, Katelynn Frances Downey, Lindsey Clare Downey and Callie Ann Thomas; and sisters, Martha Irby and Ann O’Reilly, both of Starkville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert R. Barwick and Julia Louise Turman.

Memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church in Starkville.

You can go online and sign the guest register at http://www.welchfuneralhomes.com.

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