HAZEL DAWN DOWNEY Our sweet wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Hazel Dawn Downey left this earthly existence on December 3, 2015. She was born on January 5th, 1931 to David Alonzo and Hazel Isabel Nelson Thomas in Spanish Fork, Utah. She grew up and attended schools in Spanish Fork graduating from Spanish Fork High School and taking some classes at Brigham Young University. She married Lawrence Maurice Downey on October 24, 1952 in Spanish Fork after five years of courtship. They were later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on October 24, 1972 on their twentieth wedding anniversary. Together they had three sons; Richard, Brent, and Scott. After Maurice graduated from BYU, they moved to Glendora, California to begin his career as an elementary school teacher. Later they settled in Tooele, Utah where they have lived for the past 57 years. She began working for the Tooele School District as a teacher’s aide and also did substitute teaching until she was moved into the Title 1 Reading Programs. She worked for the School District for 23 years before retiring. Over the years her job history also included; babysitting, picking produce, working at the Sears catalog department, The Barbizon, where they made women’s lingerie, and the Del Monte Cannery. She was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many capacities including Primary and Young Women’s at both the Ward and Stake levels. Her special love was Girl’s Camp where she was a leader or participant for 17 years. She loved her girls and they loved her. She was always up for some fun. She and her husband spent ten years as workers in the Salt Lake Temple. It was always a sacred place for her as she, her parents and her children were all married there. She lived for her children and supported them in all of their interests. All three were involved in band and she and her husband became perpetual chaperones for band trips. Lawrence also obtained his chauffer’s license so he could drive the bus. Many band students always wanted to be on Mamma and Papa Downey’s bus. Her house became a focus for her kids’ friends. Many a summer the friends practically lived there, sleeping in the back yard almost every night. She had a fun streak and would often bake cookies that were sabotaged with a piece of cardboard in them or sweetened with Tabasco sauce. She was also noted for her skill in making and decorating cakes for all occasions, including some spectacular wedding cakes. She and Maurice loved to travel. Yellowstone was a special favorite. Hardly a year went by without seeing them heading out to Old Faithful or Lower Falls. She first went to Disneyland the year after it opened and visited frequently after that. She loved church history tours, her trip to Hawaii, going to Wendover, Mesquite, or Laughlin, or just going for a drive to see the fall leaves. She is survived by Maurice, her husband of 63 years, sons; Richard (Melody), Brent (Bethany), and Scott, 8 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Rulon (Vonda) Thomas of St. George, Utah, and many in-laws, nieces, and nephews. There will be a viewing on Tuesday, December 8 from 6:00 p.m.to 8:00 p.m. at Tate Mortuary, 110 South Main Street in Tooele. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, December 9 at 11:00 a.m. at the Tooele Stake Center, 253 South 200 East with a viewing prior from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.\n\nTo send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Hazel Dawn (Nelson) Downey please visit our Sympathy Store.