Emilia "Millie" Downing, age 91, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 21, 2020 in her Walpole, Massachusetts home, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Boston, Massachusetts on September 23, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Gaspera Minutoli. She was raised and educated in the Jamaica Plain area of Boston.
Millie married her beloved husband, Jesse James Downing, on December 21, 1945, and together they made their home in Jamaica Plain. She took on the role of a homemaker, raising and caring for her children. As her sons grew up, Millie took a position with the Polaroid Company in Norwood in 1978, working as an assembler.
In 1986, Millie moved out of the big city, making her home in the quiet town of Walpole, Massachusetts, where she became a devoted member of Blessed Sacrament Church and was a longtime member of the Wednesday Morning Prayer Group. As an avid gardener, she loved caring for the flower beds around her home.
Beloved wife of the late Jesse James Downing
Loving mother of Jesse James Downing, Jr and his wife, Eileen, of West Roxbury,
Anthony Downing and his wife, Susan, of Walpole, George Downing and his late wife, Donna, of Dedham, Michael Downing and his wife, Diana, of Walpole and the late Joseph Downing.
Cherished grandmother of Jim Downing, Julie Lowre, Stacey Hilton, Patricia Downing, Daniel Downing, Jennifer Arienti, Joseph Downing, Katie Downing, Hector Roldan and Maygen Downing.
Great grandmother of Brayden, Ryan, Madelyn, Christopher, Hayley, Shannon, Lilly, Anna, Nolan, Evan, Brooke, Kevin, and Jaece and Great Great Grandmother of Sophia and James.
Sister of the late Charlie Minutoli and Angela Moscaritolo.
As a result of the ongoing and ever-developing health crisis in the world and with genuine concern for the people whom they love, Millie's family has decided that her funeral services will be private. Interment will take place in Saint Michael's Cemetery in Roslindale. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Collation P.O. Box 202, Franklin, MA 02038. Arrangements by James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, Walpole.
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