Kerry Dawn Downing, 72, of Park City, MT, passed away peacefully in her home on January 16, 2019.
She was born in Miles City, MT, on December 18, 1946, daughter of the late Floyd and Annie Dowlin of Forsyth, Montana.
Kerry married Robert L. Downing on July 3, 1968, later settling in Park City, MT, where they raised their four children, Robin, Chrisann, Bobby and Steve.
Kerry joined the Army in 1965; she was trained as a Medical Corpsman and soon became an esteemed member of the first cardiac surgical team at Deaconess-Billings Clinic. Kerry continued to work in surgery for the next 32 years; her true love was open-heart surgery. She was an expert surgical technician who trained many through the years. During her breaks, she could be found knitting baby blankets for fellow staff members. Kerry did ceramics for over 45 years, was an active member of the Montana State Ceramic Association and won numerous awards. Kerry never stopped making Christmas ornaments for her loved ones which will be cherished and passed down for generations to come. Her favorite hobby was teaching ceramics to her children, grandchildren and 4-H members. Other hobbies included bowling, cross-stitching, stained glass and quilting. Kerry loved collecting Elvis memorabilia and in 2004 she visited Graceland, which was a lifelong dream. Kerry’s greatest passion was spending time with her family; you could often hear her miles away cheering on her grandkids at sporting events. Some of her favorite memories were camping and fishing with her family. Kerry will be remembered for her loyalty, generosity and her willingness to help anyone in need. She was a true friend, an incredible mother and even greater grandma who will be truly missed.
Kerry is survived by her husband of 50 years; her children Robin (Kathi) Dowlin, Christine (Dirk) Pattee, Bobby (Sandy) Downing, Steve (Shanna) Downing, her sister Sandee Dowlin and brother Buck Dowlin. She also leaves behind her beloved grandchildren: Seth, Caitlin, Adair, Brittany, Makayla, Corbin, Zach, Landon and Ashleigh. Ally a great-granddaughter, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Kerry was preceded in death by her parents, and siblings Dale McKerlich, Doug, Robin Dowlin and Wanda Dowlin.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 22 at First Congregational Church in Laurel, MT. Interment with military honors will be held at Yellowstone National Cemetery in Laurel, MT. The family would like you to join them at the church for a reception following the committal service.
If desired, friends may make donations to either The Park City Ambulance Service or The Park City Volunteer Fire Department.