Woodsville, NH- Linda Lou Downer, 63, of Treetop Estates, died on September 20, 2013, after a brief illness, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH. Linda was born in Woodsville, on September 21, 1949, to Bernard and Mildred (Emerson) Dobbins. She was a graduate of McIndoe Falls (VT) Academy. She married Gary Downer on December 11, 1971. From 1981 to 2006, Linda was the secretary and treasurer for Gary’s Fuels of North Haverhill, NH, the business she operated with her husband Gary. Linda belonged to the Ross-Wood Unit #20 Ladies Auxiliary of Woodsville, the Lyndonville, VT, VFW and the St. Johnsbury, VT, Elks. In her spare time, she enjoyed sewing, quilting, crafting and painting. Along with her husband, family, and friends, she had numerous travel adventures through the Caribbean, Mexico, and Alaska, as-well-as countless trips to Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Along with Gary, she spent the past several winters in Florida. She enjoyed cars, convertibles, and motorcycling and had her own trike. She loved yard-saling and lots of shopping. Linda was predeceased by her mother and step-father, Mildred and Stanley Clifford and her father, Bernard Dobbins. She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Gary Downer of Woodsville; her three daughters, Cheryl Kozuch and husband Tony of Woodsville, Wanda Downer and husband Rick Colbeth of Woodsville, and Jami-Lynn Johnson and husband Randy of East Ryegate, VT; her grandchildren, Brian and Mariah Mallett, Corey and Samantha Colbeth, Elliott Johnson and Baby Johnson, due in December; her twin sisters, Sandy of Massachusetts and Pam of California; her brother, Leonard Dobbins of Connecticut; an aunt Chris Jacobs, aunts and uncles, Royal and Richard Emerson, Larry and Naomi Emerson, and an aunt and uncle Leonard and Evelyn Dobbins; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; extended family and friends.
Calling hours will be on Wednesday, September 25 from 6-8 PM at Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH. A funeral service will be on Thursday, September 26 at 1 PM at the Woodsville United Methodist Church, 11 Maple Street, Woodsville, with Rev. Clint Brake, officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Swiftwater Road, Woodsville.