Ruth A. Downing

Ruth Ann Downing, 80, of Carmel, formerly of Geneva, passed away at 1:53 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at I.U. Health North in Carmel. She was born on June 23, 1936 in Vigo County to John I. and Gertie M. (Smith) Archer. She was married to George H. Downing.

She was a graduate of George Washington High School in Indianapolis. Together with her husband, she co-owned and operated the former Downing Funeral Home in Geneva for 30 years. She also worked at the Bank of Geneva. She was one of those rare individuals who shared with everyone exactly what she thought, leaving little to be misinterpreted.

She is survived by two sons, David Downing of Fort Wayne; and Frank (Amy) Downing of Marion; sister and best friend, Norma Wilson of Carmel; and three grandchildren, Joshua and Caleb Downing of Marion; and Katie Downing of Vera Cruz.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; sister, Juanita Neese; and brother, John Leon Archer.

Visitation will be from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 23 at Armes-Hunt Funeral Home and Cremation Services, College Park Chapel, 4601 S. Western Ave., Marion. Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 24 at Westlawn Cemetery in Geneva. Officiating will be Reverend Paul Rogers.

Arrangements provided by Armes-Hunt Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Marion. Online condolences may be made at