Patricia (Patty) Henrietta Downes, age 68, passed away Saturday, April 24, 2021 with her daughter by her side.
Patty was born March 22, 1953 in Chandler, Arizona, the daughter of a US Military Veteran, she traveled extensively during her early years. She is survived by her daughter, Victoria Lynn (Vickie) Downes (David Stone) of Little Rock, her grandson Donald Wesley Downes, who lovingly called her “Oma”; and a host of many friends from all walks of life.
She was preceded in death by her son, Kenneth (Kenny) Wesley Downes, daughter in law, Kim Martin- Downes; a brother, Donald Lynn Harris, half-brother, Bernd Harris and her parents, Maria Henrietta Harris and Kenneth Albert Harris.
Patty worked for Engineering Consultants of Little Rock for 48 years retiring in September of 2020. She began as a secretary, answering the phone and by the time she retired, she had been doing the administrative work, bookkeeping, payroll and everything other than drafting and engineering but it was said she probably could have mastered that too as much as she knew about it.
She was an Active member of Highland Valley United Methodist Church and was currently the Chairman of the Alpha Circle of the United Methodist Women. She held many offices with the United Methodist Women through the years including President in 2018-19; a member of the Highland Valley UMC Chancel Choir; Recording Secretary of the Church Council; Teacher of the Good News Sunday School Class, a member of the Evangelism Committee, attended Discipleship Training and participated in every mission and ministry of the church always volunteering where needed. She twice received the Special Recognition Award from the United Methodist Women for outstanding service.
Patty was a loving, hardworking single mother who fought tooth and nail for her kids. She often went without so her son and daughter could have what they needed. Known to be the “Grammar Police” because her dad instilled in her proper grammar and spelling; but to the many friends she had, they knew her as “The Purple Lady” for her love of the color purple and was complimented frequently on her purple hair! For every child that met her, she was called Grandma! She loved to knit and was an avid reader. She mastered Card Stamping and made personalized cards to send to friends and church members.
Deeply religious, she frequently gave the blessing at events she attended in and out of church and was fun loving and kind with a loving soul – always helping anyone who needed a couch to sleep on; a meal to share or a few dollars to get them by.
We think of Patty when we read the quote by Evan Escar, “You can’t do anything about the length of your life. But you can do something about its width and depth”.
There is no doubt Patty is in Heaven. She will be dearly missed by her family, friends and her Church Family.
A Celebration of Patty’s life will be held Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 2pm at Highland Valley United Methodist Church. HVUMC follows the Ar Department of Health Covid guidelines and those by the Arkansas Methodist Conference. Temperatures will be checked and masks are mandatory.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the United Methodist Women of Highland Valley United Methodist Church, 15524 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, Arkansas 72212 or to the educational fund she established for her grandson, Kenneth Wesley Downes at Bank of America.
Arrangements entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400