Marcella (Ashley) Downey passed away quietly on September 7, 2012 in Syracuse. Her final hours were filled with family, friends and a certainty in her faith that she would soon join her beloved husband.
Marci was born on July 30, 1922 the daughter of Ray and Dorothy (Gulliver) Ashley and siblings Raymond, Verna and Marie, all of whom predeceased her. Marci married Robert V. Downey in 1942 and spent much of her adult life as an active and proud member of the Ogdensburg community. She was a business owner of Downeys Gift Shop and later, Downeys Travel Trailers with her husband. Marci and Bob moved to Florida in their retirement years, and Bob died in 1997. In 1998 she married Joe Weil and upon his death in 2005 she moved to Syracuse, residing with her daughter and her family until just two weeks ago.
As a volunteer, Marci championed many causes including serving on the housing authority to ensure affordable housing for the poor and elderly, working tirelessly on the March of Dimes, and even in her latter years making countless Christmas arrangements delivered just as tirelessly by our father to area care facilities.
Marci leaves two children, Robert Downey (Chickie) of Ogdensburg and Renée Downey-Hart (Dana) of Syracuse, six grandchildren, Heather Barrett of Fulton, Ohio, Rob Downey (Erica) of Ogdensburg, Sage, Skye, and Sydney Hart of Syracuse, and Shel Hart (Debbie) of Celebration, Florida. She will also be missed by many great grandchildren, nieces, and cousins.
Calling hours will be on September 11, 2012 at Edward J. Ryan and Sons, 3180 Bellevue Avenue in Syracuse from 3:00 – 5:30. A memorial service will be held at 5:30. There will be a private burial service for family members on September 12. In lieu of flowers, contributions are requested for the Food Bank of CNY, 7066 Interstate Island Road, Syracuse, NY 13209.
As final goodbyes were said, a note was found in her handwriting by her bedside. We wish to share it with you:
In July, you celebrated my 90th birthday by showering me with 140 cards and dozens of phone calls. I cannot thank you enough, I feel so humbled. Now I ask you to celebrate again as I enter into eternity. Life has been provident because of you.Marci