LEWISTON – Susan S. Downing, 61, a resident of Woodman Hill Road, Minot, passed away peacefully Sunday, June 14, at Central Maine Medical Center, after a lengthy illness.

She was born in Norway, Sept. 14, 1947, the daughter of Robert and Pauline (Young) Smith. She was a 1965 graduate of Oxford Hills High School. Following her education, she was employed in the finance and insurance industry.

She married George “Buster” Downing on July 15, 1967. She was employed as vice president of the family business for many years and most recently ran Nana’s Day Care for her grandchildren with joy.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and attending grandchildren’s events, especially baseball games.

Survivors include her husband, “Buster” of Minot; her two beloved children, daughter, Beth Ducharme and husband, David, of Auburn and her son, Bradd and his wife, Debbie, of Poland; her three grandchildren, Brady Downing and Gage and Grace Ducharme; a sister, Eleanor Noose of Springfield, Mo.; as well as several nieces, nephews and close friends.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Mary Hennessy; a brother, Robert Smith Jr.; a sister-in-law, Barbara Logan; and her father-in-law, Roland Downing.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to all her doctors and especially the ER staff and ICU staff who were so kind and thoughtful to her and her family as well as a great thanks and gratitude to Minot Rescue during her illness.

Her love and generosity will live on hopefully by many others by her generous gift of organ donation.

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