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Veva "Jackie" Irene (Wesner) Downs

March 20, 1934 — April 27, 2021

Veva "Jackie" Irene Downs, 87, of La Porte, passed away on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at Franciscan Health Michigan City.

Jackie was born on March 20, 1934 in Palestine, IL, to Alva and Faye (Meeks) Wesner.

On April 4, 1953 in Michigan City, she married Richard "Dick" Downs, who preceded her in death.  Surviving Jackie are her children, Gerrie (James) Houston of Palestine, IL, Gayle (Steve Jesuit) Losey of Monterey, IN, Richard (Debra) Downs of La Porte, Glenda "Lee" (Dennie) Fugate of La Porte, and Genean "Genie" Pearson of Tampa, FL; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 7 great, great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Norma Antisdel of Michigan City and Virginia Martin of La Porte; 2 brothers, Jim (Dian) Wesner and David (Kim) Wesner; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded by her parents, Alva and Faye Wesner, and 2 sisters, Wanda Nagel and Lois Hart.

Jackie loved sharing the Gospel and making sure that everyone knew the Lord.  She was a longtime member of La Porte Assembly of God.

Jackie was a school bus driver for 20 years with Michigan City School Corporation.  She loved singing and musical instruments.  Jackie also enjoyed pottery and the concrete business.

A Graveside Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at Pine Lake Cemetery with Pastor Jeff Hines officiating.

Due to the recent La Porte County Order, anyone attending the service is required to wear a mask.

Memorial donations may be made to La Porte Assembly of God, 224 E. Boyd Blvd., La Porte, IN 46350.

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