Theresa Delores Downer, 85, McGregor, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, July 19, 2020 at the Villa Vista Care Center in Cromwell, Minnesotas. 

Theresa was born Oct. 15, 1934 to Charles and Laura Silverio in Beverly, Massachusetts.  She married Allen Alfred Downer on Sept. 12, 1954.  She lived on army bases while her husband was in the army. He retired from the Army and they moved to McGregor in 1973.

She worked many years at the Radisson Hotel in Duluth. She also worked at the Aitkin County Health and Human Services along with many other places.

Theresa loved wildlife.  She was known by many as the “skunk lady” because of her love for skunks.  She believed that they were God’s creatures and since nobody liked them, she would take care of them. She fed them and also woodchucks, deer and many other birds and animals. She would drive her truck up and down her road during hunting season to scare away the deer so they wouldn’t get shot.  She hand-dug a pond for the birds to have water and mud to build their nests. She wrote an article about how the martins are leaving because their habitat is being destroyed. 

Theresa was very strong in her faith and it showed when visiting with her. She would encourage others to seek God.

She is survived by her son and special friend: Charles Downer and Danita Slosson Duluth; two grandchildren: Lisa Downer, Lawler; and Ryan Olson, Craig, Colorado; great-grandchildren: Lilly Downer, Layla Downer, Logan Downer, Lawson Downer, Hattie Olson, Kiah Vasquez, Hannah Vasquez, Mikah Vasquez, and Aden Olson; and special friends, Mike and Laurie Decker. 

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents and siblings. 

Services were held at the McGregor Funeral Home on Friday, July 24, 2020 at 10 a.m. with Father Dave Forsman officiating. Visitation was one hour before the service.

Arrangements were with the McGregor Funeral Home and Cremation Services, McGregor. To sign the guest book please go to

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