Wendy E. Downing, 56, of Claremont, NH, lost a courageous 14-year battle with cancer Wednesday and passed peacefully into Heaven with her family at her bedside. She had been a patient at the Jack Byrne Hospice Center – Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, since February 17.
The daughter of Wayne Carter
and Carol (Hewes) Carter of Claremont, Wendy was a 1982 graduate of Stevens
High School. Before the disease progressed, she was employed at West
Central Behavioral Health Services.
Wendy loved her family and
friends; hosting everything from holiday meals to celebration of life
gatherings for the grieving. She was an excellent cook and provided her
own version of “meals on wheels” for loved ones recovering from illness or
surgery. Her quick wit and delight for life brought smiles to our face.
Spending time with her young grandsons Paxton Miller and Mason Miller, was a highlight of her life.
Wendy is survived by her
children, Daniel Miller Jr., Matthew Miller and Danielle Miller, all of
Claremont; grandsons Paxton and Mason; her mother Carol Carter; sisters, Kelly
Carter-Currier and husband, Jack; Cathy Carter, Unity, and Toni Carter
FitzMorris and husband, Dr. Christopher FitzMorris, Gorham; an aunt, Shirley
King of Florida; nephew, Timothy Quinney; niece, Courtney Quinney, and several
Her former husband and father
of her children, Daniel Miller Sr., also survives.
Steadfast friends during this
painful journey were Donna McNeil and husband Mike; Vicki Landry and husband,
Brian; Marcie St. Pierre, and husband Larry. The family is grateful for
Wendy was predeceased by her father, Wayne Carter in 2005; maternal grandparents, Eleazer “Skip” Hewes and Blanche (Chamberlain) Hewes and paternal grandparents Leo and Ursula Martel.
A celebration of Wendy’s life
will be held at the McNeil home next summer. Burial will be held privately at
the West Claremont Burying Grounds.
Wendy received outstanding
care at the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative & Hospice Care in Lebanon and
suggest donations be made in her name in lieu of flowers.
Arrangements are with
Stringer Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 146 Broad Street, Claremont, NH 03743.
To view an online memorial or send a private message of condolence, visit www.stringerfh.com.
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