October 1, 1936 - February 12, 2018
Mary Dee (DeMars) Downs passed away unexpectedly in Las Vegas on February 12, 2018, at the age of 81. She loved the Huskers, a good book, traveling everywhere and anywhere and a dry martini. Mary was born in Primghar, Iowa, on October 1, 1936, to Loretta and Leo DeMars. They later lived in many different towns in the states of Iowa, South Dakota, Colorado and North Dakota before settling into Lincoln. Mary attended and graduated from the University of Nebraska with a double major in Journalism and Home Economics.
After graduation, she worked for a time in Minneapolis for Pillsbury in their test kitchen. It was at the University of Nebraska where she met the love of her life, Joseph, and they were married on January 16, 1960. Joseph was employed by the United States Soil Conservation Service and Joseph, Mary and their children were stationed in many different towns in the states of Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, and Utah. They moved to Las Vegas in 1990 and enjoyed traveling to all seven continents.
Mary leaves behind her husband, Joseph, her daughters Kathleen Downs Ellison (Dan) of Ventura, California, Patricia Downs of Henderson, Nevada and Nancy Downs Gunn (Chris) of Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin; three grandchildren, Michael Ellison, Steven Ellison and Katherine Downs; her brother Jim DeMars (Barb), brother-in-law George (Nanci), nieces and nephews: Mark DeMars, Amy DeMars, Cheryl Johnson, Michelle Benda (Butch), Wendy Merritt (Ken), Karen Peterson (Jim), Diane Foley (Kevin), Linda Kennedy (Ron), Mike Burianek (Kathleen), and Jan Scott (Randy).
She is preceded in death by her parents, her children William and Loretta, John Downs, Peggy Burianek, Marv Burianek, Anna Downs as well as her parents and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
A mass will be held on April 23, 2018 at St. Francis Assisi Catholic Church in Henderson, Nevada, with interment at Nevada Veteran's Cemetery.