Relay for Life, C/O NHC-Desloge
801 Brim St., Desloge, MO 63601
Elizabeth A. (Gass) Downes, 83, of DeSoto, entered into rest on February 21, 2011 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Crystal City. She was born January 8, 1928 at Sparta, MO; the daughter of the late William "Everett" and Rosa (nee Bookout) Gass. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald R. Downes.
Mrs. Downes is survived by her son, David (Patty) Downes of Newnan, GA; three daughters: Linda (Paul) Whitaker of DeSoto, Cathy Heckmaster of Springfield, MO and Barbara (Don) Kidwell, Lee Summit, MO; 8 grandchildren: Beth, Becki, Julia, Matt, Cody, Meghan and Dylan; 7 great-grandchildren: Austin, Joshua, Nate, Allison, Sarah, Gabriel and Gideon; a brother, Paul (Shirley) Gass of Sparta, MO; and a sister, Lucille Heckmaster of Joplin, MO.
In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Katie; four brothers: Lester Gass, Millard Gass, William Gass and Walter Gass; and 4 sisters: Vesta Griffin, Mabel Riley, Dorothy Thompson and Golda Gass.
Elizabeth was a homemaker and was also retired from Silver Dollar City, Branson.
A private service will be officiated by Brother Rick Wade.