Richmondville- Esther (Terri) M. Downie, 85, formerly of Richmondville, died Monday, December 9, 2019 at Ellis Hospital following a brief illness.
Born June 27, 1934 in Cooperstown, she was the daughter of Joseph and Ruth (Hanscom) Horton. She was a graduate of Otego High School and continued her education, receiving a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Columbia University.
Esther went on to become one of the first nurse practitioners in New York State. For many years she was employed at Planned Parenthood in Cobleskill. There, she established the prenatal clinic and provided education and services to promote women’s health.
Summers spent in Maine were the highlight of the year. She was passionate about fishing, teaching her family and friends how to catch bass. Many summer days were spent on Hadley Lake fishing and boating. Spending time with family and friends brought her great pleasure, along with playing games, especially cribbage.
Esther was an active member of the Cobleskill United Methodist Church, serving in various capacities.
On April 25, 1957 she married her beloved husband James B. Downie. Together for the next 43 years, they raised their family and were actively involved in their community. He predeceased her on January 25, 2001.
Forever cherishing her memories are her three children: Laurie (Mark) Pracher of Richmondville, John D. (Suzanne) Downie of Painted Post, NY, and Linda (Glenn) Meadows of Portsmouth, NH; her sister, Martha (Bruce) Klipec of Hartville, OH; five grandchildren: Erin Pracher (Tim), Stephen (Rachel) Pracher, Kate Pracher (Robert), Carolina Downie and Juliet Downie; and four great-grandchildren: Caden and Nathan Day and Hadley and Sawyer Pracher.
A Memorial Service will be held at 4 PM on Friday, December 20, 2019 at Cobleskill United Methodist Church, 109 Chapel Street, Cobleskill with Rev. Anna Blinn Cole officiating. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 PM on Friday at the church. Spring interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery, Otego, NY
Memorial contributions in Esther’s name may be made to Planned Parenthood of Mohawk Hudson, 1040 State St. Schenectady NY 12307, or Cobleskill United Methodist Church, 109 Chapel St., Cobleskill, NY.
Arrangements are entrusted to Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, 171 Elm St., Cobleskill.
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Cobleskill United Methodist Church
109 Chapel St., Suite 1, Cobleskill NY 12043
Planned Parenthood of Mohawk Hudson
1090 State Street, Schenectady NY 12307