Christine Morgan Downey, 66, of Lacon Illinois, died on March 8, 2023 at her home of forty-three years surrounded by her family. Born on July 3, 1956 in Catlin, Illinois to the late E. Wayne and Margaret (Morgan) Pimlott, she married Bob Downey on June 12, 1982 in Lacon, Illinois. Bob died on June 3, 2021.
Chris was primarily a second-grade teacher for Mid-County and eventually Midland school districts from July 1978 to July of 2013. After her time helping to inspire hundreds if not thousands of students, she retired quietly only to be mustered once again to go from teacher to grandmother. The last eight years of her life were devoted to her “girls” and eventually a grandson. There was not a day that went by regardless of any pain that she didn’t live for her son and grandchildren by helping in whatever way she could. If the world could walk in her shoes with love in their hearts and always putting others first, good would prevail.
Chris is survived by her son Robert (Chelsea) Downey and grandchildren Emma, Allie, Shelby and Wyatt all of Lacon Her sister Cynthia Morgan of Catlin; brother Bryon (Jean) Morgan of Catlin; niece Jessica Morgan; nephew Tyler (Leslie) Juckem and their three sons Adam, Zach, and Blake.
Cremation rights have been accorded and a celebration of life will be held on Saturday March, 18th at noon at the Lacon Community Center in Lacon. Private family burial will prior to the celebration. Memorials can be made to Mrs. Downey’s Purple Palace, a charity for teachers to receive grants to stimulate creativity in students. Online condolences can be left at lenzmemorialhome.com