AZELENE S. DOWNING, 86, of Fort Wayne, died Wednesday, March 7, 2007, at Lutheran Hospital. Born August, 3, 1920, in Elizabethton, Tennessee, she was a LPN and had previously worked as a clerk at Wolf & Dessauer. She was a member of Elmhurst Church of the Nazarene.

Surviving are her son, Ronald (Barbara) Downing of Wilmington, N.C.; daughter, Mary Joanne Downing of Fort Wayne; two sisters, Phyllis Messamore and Nadine Ringger; two brothers, Harold Garland and David Knopp; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Louie A. Downing, in 1992; son, Roger Downing; three brothers, Ralph, Leon and Gene Knopp; and one sister, Goldena Garland.

Funeral service was Saturday, March 12, 2007 at Elzey Patterson Rodak Home For Funerals, 6810 Old Trail Road, Fort Wayne. Entombment in Covington Memorial Gardens.

Memorials to Elmhurst Church of the Nazarene.

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