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Melissa (Missy) Jo Downing, 48, of Des Moines, passed away at her residence December 15, 2014.
Funeral Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday December 20, 2014 at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd.). A visitation will be Friday, December 19, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. also at the funeral home.
Missy was born June 14, 1966 in Ottumwa, Iowa. Missy grew up in Ottumwa and enjoyed playing softball, excelling as a power hitting catcher. She moved to Ankeny in 1980, and she graduated from Ankeny High School in 1984.
She started her working career in daycare, and worked a few misc. jobs until she went to work for Bondurant Schools for the last 15 years. She loved her job and her co-workers.
She enjoyed horses, pets, going back to Ottumwa to hunt with her father, outdoor activities, leather crafts, and Native American jewelry.
Missy is survived by her parents, JoAnne Downing of Ottumwa, Larry (Sandy) Downing of Ottumwa; siblings, Mike (Donnita) Nelson of South Dakota, Larry Dean (Lori) Downing of Pella, Kimetha (Don) Larkin, of Newton, a step-brother Randy, of Texas, and a step-sister Amy of Illinois, Nieces and Nephews, Joe and Mychala Larkin, both of Newton, Mike (Ali) Adams of Omaha, and Andrea (Mike) Perrenoud, of Colorado, 6 great-nieces and nephews, and 1 Aunt, Virginia Carnes.
She is preceded in death by her husband Randy Weppel, her grandparents, and an uncle.
Memorials may be made to A.R.L. in Ankeny.