Jean L. Downs, 86, of Jeannette died Sunday May 24,2020 in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. She was born May 20,1934 in Turtle Creek, a daughter of the late Raymond Z. and Ellen May (Brown) Korody. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband James R. "JR" Downs, a daughter Janice Lynne Downs and daughter in law Michele Downs. Jean worked as a music teacher for Latrobe School District and St. Edward School as well as a substitute teacher all over Westmoreland County and was the owner of Arlington Foods and Jeans Supermarket. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church where she was also the choir director for many years, Business and Professional Women, React Club and loved to play bingo. Jean is survived by her children James R. Downs II of Jeannette, John R. Downs of GA, Jeffrey R. Downs and his wife Tonia of Murrysville, Jay R. Downs (Sara Halo) of Jeannette and Jean L. Downs of Greensburg and 5 grandchildren Jeffrey, Sierra, Ryan, Kevan and Alissa. Family and friends will be received 4:00 - 8:00 pm Sunday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 201 N. First Street, Jeannette. Due to current medical guidelines, only 25 people will be permitted in the funeral home at one time. We respectfully request your cooperation and understanding in this matter. A funeral mass will be celebrated Monday at 10:00 am in the Sacred Heart Church, Jeannette with Fr. Alvin Aberion as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Latrobe. To send online condolences visit www.mason-gelder.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Arthritis Foundation at www.arthritis.org.
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