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Ila Carol (Sloan) Downs
May 23, 1925-September 26, 2019
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Ila Carol (Sloan) Downs, age 94, of Manteca, CA went to be with Jesus on Thursday, September 26, 2019 after a valiant battle with dementia.  Her daughter, Susan, was at her side with long distance support from many family and friends.
   A celebration of life will begin at
2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 13, 2019, at Northgate Community Church, 650 Northgate Drive, Manteca, CA, with reception to follow.   A private interment is scheduled for a later date at East Lawn Memorial Park in Sacramento, CA.
   Carol was born on May 23, 1925, in Elkhart, KS to Barton Clay Sloan and Lota Elsie (Acheson) Sloan. She was the third of four children.
    She met Joseph C.M. Downs at Boise High School (Idaho).  They married on November 6, 1942 in Oklahoma after Joseph was drafted into the US Navy during WWII.  They had five children, Paul Charles Downs, Margaret Ilene Downs Hamley (Les), James Barton Downs, Timothy Joseph Downs (Denise), and Susan Carol Downs Kuhn (Glenn).  
   Carol and her family lived in Boise while Joseph completed pre-med at College of Idaho. They moved to Boston in 1950 so that Joseph could complete his Doctor of Medicine at Tufts School of Medicine.  In 1958 the family moved to Mountain Home, ID. In 1968, Carol and her three younger children (James, Timothy and Susan) moved to California to be closer to her family.  From Sacramento, Carol moved to Lodi to be closer to her daughter Susan.  She moved to Manteca in 2009 when she began to require more care.
   Carol was predeceased by her parents, her siblings Ralph Sloan and Vauda Bortles, and her sons James (1972), Paul (1998) and Timothy (2004).  She is survived by her sister Doris DeVaughn, daughters Margaret Hamley (Caldwell, ID) and Susan Kuhn (Manteca, CA), 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and loving friends.  Throughout Carol’s life, she worshipped her Lord and Savior, praising Him in song and playing the piano and organ in church.
    Carol’s life may be remembered with a donation to International Students, Inc.  For information about this mission, please go to Make checks out to International Students, Inc.  Include a memo on the check:  A/C #5718.  Please mail your check to ISI, PO Box C, Colorado Springs, CO  80901.  If you prefer to give online, please do so at .
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Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin

Monday, October 7, 2019