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Patricia "Patty" Ann Downey

December 8, 1958 April 23, 2018
Patricia "Patty" Ann Downey
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Patricia “Patty” Ann Downey, 59, passed peacefully in the early morning hours of Monday, April 23, 2018 at her Durham home. Patty is now reunited with her father, Charles Mechling Downey, and her nephew, Hunter Blair Lavinder. She was born to Patricia Downey Joklik and Charles Mechling Downey on December 8, 1958 in Columbus, Ohio. The family relocated to Durham when Ms. Downey was two years old. Patty discovered her immense painting talents in her early teens, painting rocks and jars of her mother’s hot fudge during the Christmas season. A Durham Academy graduate, Patty went on to study art at The Ringling College of Art & Design, Mount Vernon College, and Corcoran School of Arts & Design, finishing her studies at Duke University with a degree in interior and space design. Ms. Downey, ever the avid painter, meticulously copied her favorite masters and carefully crafted her own works. Her artistry exceeded painting as she and her sister, Mary Downey Goodwin, began the Heirloom Goodness Applesauce Company. Patty is survived by her only child, son, and favorite dance partner, David Charles Johnson, her mother, Patricia Downey Joklik (Dr. Wolfgang Joklik), her eldest sibling and brother, John Robert Downey II (Betsy), her elder sister, Mary Downey Goodwin (Danny), her step-brother Dr. Richard Gunther Joklik (Jean), her stepsister Vivian Helene Joklik, and her baby sister, Frances Downey Magruder (Jim), as well as many nieces and nephews; and her beloved animals, Marshmallow, Finnegan, and Laddie.

“Energy can neither be created nor destroyed; energy can only be transferred or changed from one form to another.” - The First Law of Thermodynamics

The service will be held Thursday, April 26, 11am, at Immaculate Conception Church in Durham, (reception to follow). In lieu of flowers, consider donations to The North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 3710 University Drive, Suite 140, Durham, NC 27707.

The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be sent to

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