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Obituary: DOWNS, GAY

Published: Thursday, Oct. 30 2014 10:15 a.m. MDT

Gay Downs1936 ~ 2012Copperton, UtahMidvale, UtahGay Armitstead Downs, 75, passed away on February 27, 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was born on November 30, 1936 in Murray, Utah to Elvin Coupe and Sarah Conder Armitstead. Gay married Stephen Louis Downs on February 15, 1958 in Copperton, Utah, later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple on March 6, 1962. She graduated from Bingham High School in 1955. Gay was an active member of the LDS Church and served in many leadership positions. She was a visiting teacher for all of her adult life. Gay enjoyed quilting, clay modeling, ceramics, sewing, scrapbooking, collecting and spending time with her family. She was a wonderful cook; the family especially liked her salads, candied yams and cherry pies. She was referred to as "Grandma Cake" by her grandchildren. Survived by her husband, Steve; children, Craig (Sandi) Downs; Kory (Todd) Meyer; Deanna (Ed) Higham; Daniel (Wendy) Downs; 12 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; brother, Arvil (Darlene) Armitstead; sisters, Rea (Jim) Griggs; Austa (Russell) Miller; Janise Eastman. Preceded in death by her parents, brother, Max Armitstead; brother-in-law, Kenneth Eastman. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 2, 2012 at the Union Park 1st Ward, 7699 S. Chad Street (785 East). Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday evening at Goff Mortuary, 8090 S. State Street and one hour prior to the services, at the church. Interment, Larkin Sunset Gardens. www.goffmortuary.com