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Betty Nuss Downey

May 29, 2017

Harbinger- Betty Nuss Downey, 86, returned to her heavenly home from Virginia Beach, VA on May 29th, 2017, surrounded by her loved ones. She greeted her son , Dane Downey and wife Olivia, her parents, and her siblings, June Rowe, Martha Carnes, Olive Koltzbaugh, and Charles Nuss, who preceded her in death.

Betty was born to the late Earl and Olive Nuss on February 20th, 1931, in Pittsburgh, PA. God and her family were the center of her life. Betty was blessed with a large and loving family. She married her best friend, William Elder Downey, on June 10th, 1950 in Pittsburgh, PA. The couple retired to Harbinger, NC in 1998.

Betty is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, Dr. William Downey; her children, Carole Stanford (Michael), Joel Downey (Nancy), and Beth Thomas (Brian); her grandchildren, Heather Stanford Frey, Daniel Downey (Ashley), Rynesha Thomas, Sarah Stanford, Megan Downey Schreeg (Jacob), Annie Downey Echelbarger (Tyler), Derek Thomas (Heather), Dustin Thomas (Mallory), Keagan Downey, Christopher Thomas (Savannah), Holly Thomas, Ethan Thomas; and her great-grandchildren, Evelyn Downey, Harrison Downey, Hattie Downey, Theodore Downey, Liam Thomas, Sebastien Thomas, and Ryleigh Thomas; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Betty was an active member of Jarvisburg Church of Christ in Jarvisburg, NC. She enjoyed crafting, knitting, gardening and most of all singing praises to her Lord.

She is dearly missed by her loved ones, who celebrate the fact that she is at peace with her creator. A celebration of life  will be held Friday, June 2nd, 2017 at Jarvisburg Church of Christ at 2:00 pm.  Pastor Dennis Crehan will officiate. The family will receive friends at her residence. Arrangements are entrusted to Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. Please read the obituary and sign the online register at