Z. Charlene”Chawn” (Potts) Downing, 65, of New Carlisle, passed away, Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at Miami Valley Hospital after a lengthy illness.

She was born December 8, 1950 in Clay City, KY, a daughter of Marjorie (Highley) Potts of New Carlisle and the late Woodrow Potts.

In addition to her father, Charlene was preceded in death by brothers, Donald and Rudy Potts, and sister, Ina Mae Wilson.

Charlene was an avid bunco player. She enjoyed going to her grandchildren’s sporting events and spending time with her family. She loved riding around with her husband in their Mustang.

Charlene is survived by her husband of 46 years, Phil Downing of New Carlisle, whom she married March 7,1970; daughters and son in law, Sandra Downing-Rigel of Columbus and Tina and Joe Dean of New Carlisle; sons, Douglas (Jen) Downing of New Carlisle and Dennis and Martha Walp of Cleveland; grandchildren,TJ and Alli Rigel, Zoe and Mason Dean, Cassie, Alex, Caleb, Brock, Talan, Chase Downing, and Sophia and Megan Walp; brother and sister in law, Glen and Sherri Potts of New Carlisle; sisters, Jenny Falls of Dayton and Ann Kendrick of New Carlisle; several nieces and nephews, close relatives and friends.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, September 2, 2016 at Trostle, Chapman, Dunbar and Fraley Funeral Home in New Carlisle with Pastor Andrew Wright officiating. Burial will follow in the New Carlisle Cemetery.

Family and friends may visit Thursday, September 1, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association.

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