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Lora Lee Crowell Downey

October 18, 1943 - July 13, 2023

Lora Lee Downey (Lori), 79, passed away on Thursday, July 13, 2023, at Spring Oaks Senior Living facility where she resided in Bedford, VA.  Lori was born on October 18, 1943, and resided most of her childhood in Dansville, NY.  As a loving mother and grandmother, one of her most favorite things to do was to host the annual family Fourth of July picnic at her home on Loon Lake where all could enjoy the fireworks and of course a Zweigles hot dog! Family was everything to her.

Preceded in death by her parents, Eva and Ralph Folts and her second husband Leo F. Downey, Lori is survived by her sons Michael (Sandra) Harter of Lynch Station, VA, Todd (Terry) Harter of San Marcos, TX, and Lee (Jennfer) Downey of Mineral, VA. Her grandchildren, Jason (Lisa) Harter of Elliston, VA, Shawn Harter (Liz) of Hurt, VA, Heather (Eric) Legeer of Austin, TX, Alexis, Connor and Jocelyn Downey of Mineral, VA, and her great-grandchildren, Neal and Marshal Harter of Hurt, VA, and Atlas Legeer of Austin, TX are all left to cherish her memory.

While Lori may be most recently known for her business, Accent Printing and Graphics in Wayland, NY, she also worked at SUNY Geneseo and Gunlocke for many years.  However, her passion was volunteering at Camp Good Days & Special Times, a residential summer camp at Keuka Lake for children with cancer.  She was awarded the Camp Good Days Ring of Honor for her dedication to the camp.  Additionally, Lori was a volunteer at Vincent’s House, a hospice home in Wayland, and an active member in the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority of Dansville.

A graveside ceremony will be held on Saturday, July 29, 2023, at Green Mount Cemetery in Dansville, NY at 11:00 AM followed by a Celebration of Life at noon.  Join us to share love and memories of Lori’s remarkable life.

Donations in Lori’s name are appreciated at Camp Good Days & Special Times of Western NY and Vincent House of Wayland NY

Lord we are able our spirits are Thine.  Remold them, make us like Thee, divine.  Thy guiding radiance above us shall be… a beacon to God, to love and loyalty.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford, is assisting the family. To send online condolences please visit

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I am so very, very sorry to learn of Lora's passing. Lora and I use to play together when we were children. She lived with my Aunt Susie on 256 and I lived about a mile away. So many fond memories! In case your family does not have them, I have a couple of school pictures to share and looking for another that is not a school pic. Please, feel free to contact me. [email protected] Kay Gridley Young

Posted by tharp on August 2, 2023

Lori was my neighbor for about 5 years. She was a lovely, fun lady. We became friends right away. RIP

Posted by Ray & Sharon Rondeau on July 19, 2023

Sending love, hugs, and prayers to Lee, Jennifer and family on the loss of your family.

Posted by Tammy Brown on July 19, 2023

Our love and prayers go out to Michael, Sandra the rest family in the passing of your dear matriarch. It’s our prayers that you all can find comfort in the loving memories and beautiful photos that bonded you together in love. Just remember that earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal. May Lora’s legacy and memories live on in your hearts forever. From our family to yours we love you and are praying for your strength in the days to come.

Posted by TJ, Aj & Tammarah Robinson on July 18, 2023

I send love and deep sympathy to Lora’s family at this time of great loss. I had the good fortune of having a long friendship with Lora. Working together at SUNY Geneseo and Camp Good Days. Many fond memories and grand times. Rest in peace my dear friend…

Posted by Kate Kingsley on July 18, 2023

We little knew that day, God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, In death, we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you. You did not go alone. For part of us went with you, The day God called you home. You left us beautiful memories, Your love is still our guide. And although we cannot see you, You are always at our side. Our family chain is broken, And nothing seems the same, But as God calls us one by one, The chain will link again. Author: Ron Tranmer

Posted by Sandra Harter on July 18, 2023

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