Gloria B. (Berry) Downhour

Died March 23, 2019


Gloria Downhour, 91, of Mount Pleasant passed away Saturday, March 23, 2019, at the Isabella County Medical Care Facility.

Gloria was born Feb. 2, 1928, in South Branch, daughter of the late Ivor Eugene and Grace Belle (Purks) Berry. Music was Gloria’s passion. She began playing the piano at the age of 3. In 1944 at the age of 16 she graduated from Mio High School. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Education from Michigan State University in 1948 at age 20 and became the choral director at Gladwin High School, teaching there from 1948-1952. During that time she met and married Russell E. Downhour on June 27, 1952, in South Branch. Russell’s son Gary was a student of Gloria’s at the time. She later taught at Houghton Lake High School from 1953-1956, at which time her son Douglas was born. After moving to Mount Pleasant in 1958, she received a master’s degree from Central Michigan University. In 1961 they moved to Evansville, Ind., and returned to Mount Pleasant in 1971.

Gloria was a member of Mount Pleasant Community Church and belonged to numerous organizations including the Welcome Wagon, where she served as the director of services for 23 years; Zonta International since 1977, where she served as past president; and General Federation of Women’s Club of Michigan, also serving as past president. Gloria was a big fan of Michigan State’s basketball team. She always had a smile on her face if they beat the University of Michigan or Ohio State.

Gloria is survived by two children, Douglas Downhour of Mount Pleasant and Debra (Shawn) O’Brien of Largo, Fla.; two stepchildren, R. Gary (Lucy) Downhour of Prescott and Arlene (James) Hall of Pueblo, Colo.; seven step-granchildren; many step-great-grandchildren step-great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and dear friends, Alice Helms and Monica Fox.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell, in 1987; parents; seven siblings, Ruth Murphy, Geraldine Dillon, Lawrence Berry, Ivor Berry, Elaine Schwartz, Roger Berry and Shirley Berry; and step-granddaughter, Vickie Hall.

Gloria’s funeral will be celebrated at noon Thursday, March 28, 2019, at Charles R. Lux Family Funeral Home. Burial will immediately follow in Riverside Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday, March 27, from 5-8 p.m. Visitation will continue Thursday one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mount Pleasant Community Church or charity of the donor’s choice. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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