Gaynell Lee Downing

November 7, 1959 - February 7, 2019

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There will be no services except visitation


February 13, 2019 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM

On Thursday, February 7, 2019 Gaynell Lee Downing, of Urbana, in a house full of love and joy, I held your hand until your battle with cancer was over. No more pain, no more fighting, no more treatments.simply peace. To your friends, the way you never cared what anyone thought about you was an inspiration for them to be the best version of themselves. To the countless employees during your 18 years as the "Pink Hat Lady" at KFC, you were not just one of their favorite bosses, you were their favorite person. You not only taught them how to be a good employee, you cheered them on while they started their lives. To your nieces and nephews Justina, Brad, Zachary, Cody, D.J., Jocelyn and Vashti you taught them how to be strong in their convictions with compassion in their heart. To your grandchildren Hypathia, Reid, Shyla, Brynn, Travis, Terrelle and Leo, you were their safe place to fall when they were upset and their loudest supporter when they needed a push. To your favorite daughter in law Lynda, you were the light of the party and her smile when she needed to laugh. To your sisters Marci (Michael) and Terri (Randy) you were their sounding board when they needed an honest opinion and their closes friend. To Harold, the love of your life, you were an amazing woman who would never compromise her beliefs, the first to admit when she was wrong, a classic beauty and his favorite co-pilot through life. But, to me, you were my calm when the storms became too strong. My biggest fan even when I stopped trying. My voice of reason when I thought life would make me go crazy. My shoulder of comfort when I couldn't find the will to stand. You were my role model, my mentor, my best friend, the positive light in my life when all I could see was the darkness. You will be missed by many but I know that you would not want us to mourn your death but instead celebrate your life.

On Wednesday, February 13th from 2-4, and 6-8 at VERNON FUNERAL HOME in Urbana, that is what we will be doing. Remembering the amazing woman you were. And because you were a giving woman, you would want contributions to the Susan G Komen foundation in lieu of flowers. You would tell us to live life with no regrets for they are just lessons to grow from. Tell us that if we simply look, we can find the positive in any situation and accomplish anything. Until we see you again, we will miss and love you. Love always, your son. Nathan. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com


Charma Brown - Feb 19, 2019
You will be greatly missed my beautiful friend. Your suffering is over. I will think of you always ❤
Sandra - Feb 14, 2019
My condolences to the family. Please be comforted by the Bible's promise of the resurrection. Acts 24:15, John 5:28,29.
Sheila Dozer Suchland - Feb 13, 2019
Wonderful lady, my family has know her for years, My mom Dorothy Dozer work with her at Grimes,She is and always will be a special person.So sorry for the family and this loss of a great person.The Dozer family, You will be missed Gaynell
Someone who cares - Feb 10, 2019
“And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4 My sincere condolences to the Downing family and those who know and love Gaynell as you mourn her passing. The Bible promises at Acts 24:15 and John 5:28,29 of a resurrection, which is a sure hope of being reunited with our dead loved ones. For more information visit jw.org and click on Bible teachings; Can the dead really live again in the search area. Wishing you comfort and peace.
Peggy Williams - Feb 9, 2019
Im at a loss of words right now, so hard to believe this wonderful woman has left this world.But im so glad she's resting in peace, to feel pain no more.Her acts of kindness touched many people in and out of our work place, she will forever be loved and missed.My sincere condolences to the family.💕
ANNA M GARVEY - Feb 9, 2019
When I had an interview at KFC, She interviewed me and was the sweetest and very professional... So sad shes gone...My Condolences to her family...
Teresa VanHoose - Feb 9, 2019
So sorry to hear that Gaynell lost her battle. I remember when she first started working at KFC a lifetime ago. She may have been the boss, but she always treated the employees with respect, the customers with kindness and friendliness, and if you came in with a bad day, she could help you turn it around. Gaynell you will be missed.

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