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Garry A. Downs

December 30, 2011 by

Garry A. Downs, 89, of Jacksonville, lost her battle with cancer on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at her home with her husband by her side.
Garry was born to Alfred H. and Klara (Torstensen) Samuelson in Honningvoog, Norway on June 2, 1922 and immigrated to the United States with her family as a child eventually ending up in Lakeview where she was a graduate of Lakeview High School class of 1941.
On Aug. 9, 1947 she married Jack Downs and they lived in Lakeview until Jack joined the Oregon State Police and was stationed in Klamath Falls.  When he later went to work with the US Fish & Wildlife Service they lived in Seattle, Wash., Carmichael, Calif., Danbury, Conn., Blue Springs, MO., and Portland.  When Jack retired they moved to southern Oregon where they enjoyed their home on the Applegate River.
Garry loved the desert and spent many years roaming around the Lakeview area and in Harney County where they owned property in the Pueblo Mountains.
She was also an avid golfer and was able to play well into her 80’s.
Garry was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Arnold and Ole Samuelson; sister and brother-in-law Zane and Helen Gray.
She is survived by her husband Jack; sons Douglas and Dennis of North Lake Tahoe; son and daughter-in-law Tom and Sandy of Fields; daughter Denise Bennett of Medford; brother and sister-in-law Harold and Rita Samuelson of Carson City, Nev.; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
To honor Garry’s wishes no service will be held and her ashes will be scattered at a later date in the places she requested.

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