Amanda Downs

Amanda "Mandi" D. Downs, 19, of Vermont died at 9:27 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, 2000, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria after a two-car crash near Macomb.

She was born Feb. 26, 1981, in Rushville, a daughter of Chris and Wanda Morrow Downs.

Surviving are her mother and stepfather, Wanda and Mike Parsano of Vermont; her father and stepmother, Chris and Barbara Downs of Rushville; seven brothers, Dusty Downs, Jason Hogan, Chad Hogan, Kyle Hogan and Bryan Downs, all of Rushville, and Robert Parsano and Aaron Parsano, both of Vermont; two sisters, Candi Parsano and Mary Beth Parsano, both of Vermont; her grandparents, Homer and Vada Downs and Earl and Darlene Morrow, all of Rushville, Bryan Douglas of Quincy and Leo and Paula Parsano of Vermont; and her great-grandmother, Agnes Morrow of Lockport.

A 1999 graduate of VIT High School, she was an All-American Cheerleader. She was a member of chorus, the National Honor Society, Science Club, yearbook staff, Rainbow Girls and Students Against Drunk Driving. She participated in the drama department.

She would have been a sophomore this fall at Western Illinois University, studying education. She was a member of Chi Omega sorority.

She also was studying with the John Casablanca Modeling Agency in Chicago.

She was first runner-up in the 1999 Miss Fulton County pageant.

She attended the United Methodist Church in Vermont.

She worked at Wal-Mart in Macomb.

Services were held today at 11 a.m. at Rushville Free Methodist Church with Rev. Rob Kirkham officiating. Burial was in Vermont Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Children's Miracle Network.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 8/23/2000

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