Marie Catherine Garry Dowding, RN, age 94, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 14, 2020 in Bethel, CT.
Marie was born October 27, 1925 in Stamford, CT, to the late Thomas M. and Laura E. Garry and graduated high school from Sacred Heart Academy in Stamford in 1943.
Marie earned her nursing degree from St. Francis School of Nursing in Hartford in 1946. In 1951 she married David Harper Dowding and lived in the Stamford neighborhood of Springdale before moving to Redding, CT in 1960 where they raised their 4 children and several foster children. Marie was an active and dedicated member of St. Patrick’s Church and the Women’s Guild in Redding. In 1988 Marie and David retired to Brevard, NC, where she was an active member of Sacred Heart Church and often volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and Hospice. After the passing of her husband, David, she moved back to Connecticut in 2001 to be closer to her family and made her home in Bethel where she was a member of St. Mary’s Church.
Marie is survived by her three children, Timothy Dowding of South Salem, NY, Helen (Richard) Joy of New Milford, CT and Donald (Robin) Dowding of Bethel, CT. As well as, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, David H. Dowding, and daughter, Patricia Dowding.
Friends and family will celebrate her life at a Mass on Saturday February 29th at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s in Bethel. There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to: Dorothy Day Hospitality House in Danbury, P.O. Box 922, Danbury, CT 06813.
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