Debra Downing Obituary

Debra Ann Downing
Debra Downing
Debra Ann Downing

June 18, 1953 - July 30, 2020
Born in Des Moines, Iowa
Resided in Des Moines, Iowa
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Debra Ann Downing, 67, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 30, 2020, at home after a long battle with Alzheimers. Services will be held 10:30 AM Wednesday, August 5, 2020, at St. Augustin Catholic Church. The service will be live-streamed on the Iles website. Go to at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday and scroll to the bottom of Debra’s obituary to join in the service. Private burial will be at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines.

Debra was born June 18, 1953, in Des Moines, Iowa, to James Joseph and Delia (McGuire) Ross. She married her high school sweetheart, Jeffrey A. Downing, and they had three sons. Debra enjoyed spending her time volunteering with animals. Being outside at the lake, listening to Elvis, and watching “I Love Lucy” were some of her favorite pastimes. Debra “Nanie” loved her grandchildren and would do anything for them. Her family meant everything to her. She will be remembered for her cooking and baking, especially her chocolate chip cookies. She was a great Mother, sister, grandmother, and friend.

Debra worked for Estee Lauder and the cosmetic industry for many years. After leaving the cosmetic industry she went to work for West Central Auto Auction. It was a sad day when she retired from West Central Auction where she was the bubbly, smiley, first face you saw.

Debra is survived by her three sons, Jeff (Kim) Downing of Urbandale, IA, Michael Downing of Prairie City, IA, and Jason (Katie) Downing of Norwalk, IA; four grandchildren, Payton Downing of Urbandale, IA, Macie Downing of Urbandale, IA, Jace Downing of Norwalk, IA, and Taylor Downing of Norwalk, IA; two sisters, Karen (Patrick) Carpenter of West Des Moines, IA and Aimee (Craig) Jackman of Waukee, IA; and two brothers, Jim (Ranee) Ross of Des Moines, IA, and Tom (Jana) Ross of NY, NY; She was preceded in death by her parents, James Joseph and Delia (McGuire) Ross.

The family will receive friends from 5- 7 pm Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at Dunn's Funeral Home in Des Moines where a vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Online condolences will be welcomed at

The family would like to give a special thanks to the wonderful caregivers who allowed her to remain in her home the last four years. Thank you to her good friend Darby for all the support.

Mom we love you and you will be in our hearts forever. Jeff, Mike, and Jay.

Arrangements by Iles Dunn's Chapel





Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Vigil Service
Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
7:00 PM
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Augustin Catholic Church
545 42nd Street
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
10:30 AM
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Alzheimer's Association
225 N. Michigan Avenue, #1700
Chicago, IL US 60601-7633