Sharon L. Downing, 77, West Carthage

WEST CARTHAGE, NY – Sharon L. Downing, 77, of Champion Street, West Carthage, passed away on Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown.

Sharon was born on May 15, 1944, to Leon and Elizabeth Verbeck.  She lived in Great Bend for most of her childhood.

On Aug. 25, 1962, she married Gail N. Downing.

Sharon was a homemaker. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting, crossword puzzles and computer games. She loved meeting people and was a volunteer driver for DSS for several years.  She also belonged to TOPS group in Carthage.  Most of all, she loved spending time with her family and friends and her beloved dog Coco.

Sharon is survived by a daughter, Tessa Prince of Antwerp and a son Gail L. Downing of Carthage; two sisters-in-law, Linda (John) Moody of Carthage and Marlene (Bob) Landes of Pennsylvania; 7 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins as well as a large extended family.

She was predeceased by her husband, Gail N. Downing; two sons, William and Leon Downing; her parents, Leon and Elizabeth Verbeck; two sisters, Connie Brown and Barbara Morrow; and a mother-in-law, Irene Buck.

A graveside service for Sharon and her husband Gail will be held 11 a.m. Aug. 29, 2021, in Hillside Cemetery, West Carthage. A celebration of life gathering will follow at Champion Apartments.

Memorial donations can be made to Samaritan’s Walker Center for Cancer Care at

Arrangements are with Lundy Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Inc.

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