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Mary Jane Downing May 17, 1919 - Feb. 9, 2018

Mary Jane Downing, 98, passed away in her home, surrounded by her family, on Feb. 9, 2018. She was born in Marion to the late Gus and Helen (Broughman) Trostel.

Mary Jane was a life long resident of Grant County. She graduated from Marion High School and continued her education at Indiana University with a Bachelors of Science in Education. She married John Harland Downing in July of 1945. He preceded her in death in 1965. Mary Jane taught the third grade at Franklin and Kendall schools for 30 plus years, retiring in 1984. Mary Jane actively participated in the Hostess House, Mississinewa 1812 and Monday Conservation Club and she was on the board of directors for the YWCA. In her spare time Mary Jane loved to cook and often used food from her own garden. She loved to watch the Antique Roadshow, Indiana University basketball and cooking shows.

She is survived by her son, John (Nadene) Downing, Fairmount; brother, David Trostel, Austin, Texas; sisters, Joan McConnel, Indianapolis; Virginia Drake, Mooresville; grandchildren, Lauren (Brian) Lin and John David (Naomi) Downing, Jr.; great-grandchildren, Ainsley and Selby Lin,

She is also preceded in death by her brothers, Ralph and John Phillip Trostel.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 from 10 a.m. to noon in Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Marion Chapel, 2722 South Washington Street, Marion, Ind. Her funeral service will begin at noon with Pastor Colleen Harden officiating. Burial will immediately follow in Grant Memorial Park Cemetery, Marion.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 624 South Adams Street, Marion, Ind. 46953.

Online condolences may be made at www.owenweilertduncan.com