Christine V. (Backus) Downen

Christine, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away in Illinois on July 31, 2021, with her loving family by her side.

She was born January 31, 1940, to the late George and Monica (Byk) Backus. She enjoyed Casinos, bingo, road trips, lunch with the ladies, helping others and especially loved time spent with her grandkids and great grandkids. She is retired from the IRS after 20 years of service.

Surviving besides her husband John, are their children: Linda Downen, Jay (Dawn) Downen, Denise Deyarmond, and Judy (Dave) Ionetz. 10 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins; brothers Mike Backus and David (Bette) Backus. Christine was predeceased by her brothers George (Elizabeth) Backus and Joseph (Alice) Backus; sister-n-law Karen Backus and son-in-law Douglas Deyarmond.

A brief memorial service will be celebrated on Saturday, September 4, 2021, at St. Mary’s Calvary Cemetery (11 Mile Road) at 10:00 am, followed by a pot-luck lunch at the Bay County Pinconning Park. Friends are welcome to join family from 11:30 am - 2 pm at the Pinconning Park pavilion. Please note there is a $3 park entry fee per car.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorial contributions to The American Cancer Society or American Heart Association.

The Pinconning Journal

110 E. 3rd St.
PO Box 626
Pinconning, MI 48650

Office Number: 989-879-3811
Regular Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm,
Friday Closed

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