Obituaries: Carol Downing

Carol Downing, 76, of Drakesville, Iowa passed away March 12, 2017 at her home. She was born December 17, 1940 in Carlinville, Illinois to Carl and Freda Broers Brueggeman. She married Darrell Downing August 11, 1973 in Edwardsville, Illinois.

As a young woman, Carol taught children of military service personnel in Germany and Japan for the Department of Defense. She then taught in Illinois and Iowa for 49 years, the last 10 for Moulton-Udell Schools.

Carol and Darrell moved to the farm in Davis County 18 years ago. With enthusiasm, she became part of the community by joining many organizations and helping with the Drakesville Reunion. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Orleans Church of Christ.

Carol could fill a room with her warmth just by walking it. She never met a stranger and had an adventurous nature throughout her life. She also had great affection and fondness for the many dogs, cats, and horses around the farm.

She is survived by her husband and three brothers, Jim (Whiff) Brueggeman of Sterling, Virginia, Raymond Brueggeman of Edmond, Oklahoma, and Barry (Cheryl) Brueggeman of Houston, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant sibling.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Jerry Weller officiating. Burial will be at the Drakesville Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday with Eastern Star services at 5:00 p.m. followed by family visitation until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials have been established to the Orleans Church of Christ and the Drakesville Cemetery.