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Katherine Ellen "Kathie" Downs

November 24, 1949 May 13, 2019
Katherine Ellen "Kathie" Downs
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Obituary for Katherine Ellen "Kathie" Downs

Peoria- Katherine Ellen “Kathie” Downs, 69, passed away on Monday, May 13, 2019 at Unity Point Methodist Hospital.

She was born in Highland Park, Michigan on November 24, 1949 to Paul and June Snider. She was preceded in death by her husband, William “Bill” Downs and her parents. She is survived by two brothers, David Snider of Casa Grande (AZ) and Myk Snider of Hoffman Estates (IL).

Growing up in Peoria, she enjoyed music and animals. She attended Illinois State University and the American University of Beirut (Lebanon). In the early 1970s she returned to Peoria
where she met her husband, whom she married on May 12, 1979.

She worked with children, providing one-on-one academic coaching for many young students over the years – cherishing each and every one of them, and celebrating their successes. She loved all of the horses who boarded at her stables, she loved her bountiful garden and mowing her expansive lawn, and she bonded with the innumerable cats who found a kindred spirit in her.

A Celebration of Life is planned for June 15, 2019 at her home.

Donations in Kathie’s memory may be made to Saddlebred Rescue Inc, a New Jersey charity.

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