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Mattie Downs

Mattie Beatrice Downs (Hardy)

Saturday, October 18th, 1930 - Sunday, May 19th, 2019
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Mattie Beatrice Downs October 18, 1930 - May 19, 2019

Mattie Beatrice (Hardy) Downs, 88, entered her heavenly home on Sunday, May 19, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. Mattie was born on October 18, 1930 in Hertford, NC to the late Moses and Georgia Hardy. After graduating from C.G. White High School (Powellsville, NC) she moved to Norfolk, VA in 1956 where she would get married and give birth to three wonderful children.

Mattie started her career transporting children to Oakwood Chapel Kindergarten in the 1960’s for the Oakwood and Coronado neighborhoods. Mattie retired from Norfolk Public Schools as a school bus driver after 22 years of service. She loved driving a school bus, talking with the children and building lifelong friendships.

Mattie also loved to travel. She had the opportunity to visit Niagara Falls, NY, Irvine, CA, Tiawana, Mexico, Okinawa, Japan, Lake Charles, LA, Hawaii, Las Vegas, NV and Disney World.

Mattie enjoyed participating in the Senior Olympics each year and meeting with fellow seniors at various community centers. She was a community activist attending election campaign rally’s and worked as a voting poll volunteer.

Mattie was a proud and involved member of Olive Grove Baptist Church for over 50 years giving her time and love through providing her services as Recording Secretary for 20 years, founding member of the Beautification Ministry, serving on the Supplemental Usher Board and as resident “Craft Lady” for Vacation Bible School and the early days of youth fellowship.

Mattie was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. She leaves to cherish her loving memory 3 children Sharon Downs. Arthur Downs, Jr (Karen) and Sherry Downs. Grandchildren, Jasmine Downs, Dexter Downs (Glenasha) and Nichole Downs. Great-grandchildren Jaylen Downs, Mahri Theus and Eeva Downs. Mattie is also survived by one sister Mildred Bond (Fletcher), 2 brothers Eugene Hardy (MIldred) and Alfred Hardy, Sr., and one sister-in-law Anne Ruth Hardy. Mattie is also survived by many nieces, nephews, lifelong friends and a host of people who loved her from the moment they met and claimed her as a surrogate mother and grandmother.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, May 31st, 2019 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Friday, May 31st, 2019 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Graves Funeral Home
    1631 Church St.
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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  • Service

    Saturday, June 1st, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, June 1st, 2019 11:00am
    Olive Grove Baptist Church
    1034 Albert Ave
    Norfolk, VA 23513
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  • Interment

    Rosewood Memorial Park
    631 North Witchduck Road
    Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462
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Rebecca Keeney

Posted at 09:10pm
My Mother had several strokes in May and after her hospitalization, we had to take a trip to San Antonio, Texas to see family. We were so distraught to come home and learn that our dearest friend Mattie was no longer with us. We loved Mattie so much! We will miss her beautiful and rich smile and her kind and gentle soul. My Mother truly misses her friend Mattie. She has blessed so many with her love and kindness. We wanted to extend our deepest condolences to the family and to let you know that we loved Mattie very much and will miss her deeply! Love, Lois Matchette & Rebecca Anne Keeney (Lois’ daughter). (from Braywood Manor, Norfolk).

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Sherry, Dexter, Eeva & family, we are truly sorry for the loss of your mom & grandmother, may the Lord's spirit be with you all always....
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