Sandy Downing

Sandy, 77, died peacefully Monday, April 15, 2019 from her short fight with renal cancer after a happy and inspirational life. She was born on July 28, 1941 in Roosevelt County, New Mexico, the second child of Gerald and Miriam Mitchell. She was preceded in death by her parents, as well as her sister, Geraldine Dunsworth. Her family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Martin and the memorial service will follow at 3 p.m. with Murphy Funeral Home of Martin in charge of the arrangements. Sandy graduated from Oklahoma University with a Masters Degree in Library Science and worked for 28 years at the University of Tennessee at Martin in the library. She volunteered enthusiastically for many years at First Baptist Church Martin in the nursery as well as many other areas of ministry and spent her later years volunteering at We Care Ministries in Martin. Her life was devoted to her husband and family. She treasured their Sundays at church, holiday celebrations and family vacations visiting family in Texas and New Mexico. She never missed an event where her children and grandchildren were participating. Sandy had a special love for her friends and was always smiling and laughing. She will be remembered for always thinking of others before herself and for her beautiful spirit of caring. She was an inspiration to anyone that knew her and a wonderful example of giving unto others. Surviving are her husband of 51 years, Marvin Downing; her two children and spouses, Lee Downing (Karen) and Cecile Buchanan (Kevin); four grandchildren, Stephen Downing, Bryan Downing, Mary Beth Buchanan and Abbey Buchanan; her siblings, Travis and Faye Mitchell, Frank and Vickie Mitchell, Steve and Karen Mitchell and Kenneth Dunsworth.Thank you to the many caregivers for their support during her short battle with cancer. She was touched by your caring and love for her. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the First Baptist Church Martin Building Fund at or We Care Ministries of Martin at Other memorial items or flowers contact Murphy Funeral Home. Online tributes may be left at

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