Marjorie Frank Downing
1920 – 2010
AUBURN — Marjorie Frank Downing, 89, a resident of Pottle Hill Road, Minot died Wednesday, March 3, at the Odd Fellows Nursing Home, where she resided the past three years.
She was born March 15, 1920, in Portland, the daughter of George H. Frank and Jeannette Stevens Frank.
She was educated in Auburn schools and graduated in 1937 from Edward Little High School and 1940 from Farmington Normal School.
She taught school in Buckfield for one year. On Aug. 24,1941, she married Roland S. Downing of Auburn. During the war, while Roland was serving in the military, she became one of the first women to be an rural free delivery mail carrier for the postal service.
She attended the Minot Methodist Church. She was a trustee of the Mountain View Cemetery Association for many years. She was an animal lover, always having a variety from horses to raccoons, ducks and geese. Whenever anyone had an animal that they could no longer keep, Marge would always take it in.
She and Roland raised six children of their own, along with several others that lived with them at different times. She was a hard worker and was happiest when she was building something around the farm in Minot, working in the barn or hayfield. She retired several years ago from Etonic Shoe to devote her time to raising her animals. She and Roland also enjoyed traveling to Alaska and across the U.S. to California several times before his death.
She was probably best known in recent years for her historical knowledge and interest of preserving happenings of the past in scrapbooks. Some dated back to the early 50’s and she kept them up until a year ago when she could no longer do it. These ranged from ELHS Alumni Assoc. to town history, schools, auto racing and others.
Many school children visited her to research information and review her scrapbooks. She was very proud of her ELHS yearbook collection and had everyone from 1919 to 2007.
She was known and loved by many, always willing to leave whatever project she was doing to help a friend or stranger.
She is survived by her five sons, George A. “Buster”, S. Wayne “Butch” and his wife, Cheri, Bruce, Michael “Mike”, and Roland D “Ric” and his wife, Kathy; she was Mimi to her 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her daughter, Barbara in 1973; her husband, Roland in 1991; and daughters-in-law, Shari and Susan.
The family wishes to thank the entire staff at Odd Fellows Home of Maine for the excellent care she has received since residing there and the kindness shown to her and the family during her stay there. Also a thank-you to Dr. Kurt Oswald.