In Memoriam

Holiday Lights Will Shine
In Memory of the Downeys

Myrna Downey

Long-time resident and RHCA supporter Myrna Downey passed away in August, but her memory and that of her husband Willard will live on. The Downey house on Telegraph Road will remain a beacon of holiday cheer for Rose Hill and many visitors from throughout Northern Virginia who enjoyed the lights and religious displays in the front yard.

Son Richard Downey, Sr., his wife Debbie and children Richard, Jr., 25, Mathew, 22, Shannon, 19 and Nicholas, 14, plan to continue the tradition. Richard Downey, Sr., grew up in Rose Hill and has helped put up the lights for as long as he can remember. He lives in Lorton but plans to spend time in Rose Hill. Shannon is a student at Old Dominion University and Nicholas attends Hayfield Secondary. Mrs. Downey also leaves a son, James Mills, by a previous marriage. 

Willard died in October 2003. Myrna retired in 2006 after 35 years as a bookkeeper for a trade association. He was a construction superintendent for the Pomponio companies that built Roslyn and Crystal City. Myrna also previously worked for Pomponio. Willard served as a medic in the Army during the Korean War. Myrna was buried with him at Arlington National Cemetery on Sept. 17. They both grew up in Covington, VA.

Since retiring, Myrna volunteered with her church and her community in order to keep busy. She will be missed by both groups. She was involved in Rose Hill’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2004, arranging for a beautiful floral display donated by hayfield Florist. You can honor Myrna’s memory by making a contribution to the Myrna Downey Memorial Fund, Faith Fellowship Assembly of God, Alexandria, VA  22315.

This coming holiday season, plan to walk or drive by 6516 Telegraph Road, just around the corner from Rose Hill Drive, stop and remember our good friend Myrna Downey. She will be thinking good thoughts for us.

Carl Sell, President
Rose Hill Civic Association

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