Born April 23, 1929 in Clay City, she was the daughter of David and Ida Mae (Roberts) Shonk.
She worked in the warehouse for Target Stores in Indianapolis retiring in 1985.
Surviving relatives include: one daughter, Anita Wilkerson of Indianapolis; one son, Garry Dowden of Thorntown; one sister, Wilma McIntosh of Bloomfield; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George Dowden, Sr. in 1978; a son, George Dowden, Jr. in 2007; three sisters, Elizabeth Carter, Lois Trent, and Ruth Hart; one brother, David Shonk; and her parents.
Funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 at Jenkins & Sons Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Rev. Jeff Rockey officiating. Interment will follow in Scotland Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and one-hour prior to service Thursday at the funeral home.
Online condolences to the family are available at www.jenkinsfuneralhomes.com.