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Margaret H. Downes, homemaker

Margaret H. Downes, a homemaker and volunteer, died Thursday at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson of respiratory failure. She was 95.

The daughter of Dr. James Stephenson Hopkins, a dentist, and Elizabeth Finney Hopkins, a homemaker, the former Margaret Hopkins was born and raised in Bel Air.

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She attended Bel Air High School and graduated from Westtown School in West Chester, Pa. She also graduated from Hollins College in Roanoke, Va.

In 1947, she married William Wallace Downes, a vice president and partner in Riggs, Counselman, Michaels & Downes Inc., a Baltimore insurance firm.

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The couple lived for many years on Pratt Avenue in Murray Hill. Mrs. Downes had been a longtime volunteer at Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Keswick Multi-Care Center.

Mrs. Downes and her husband moved to the Warrington Condominiums on North Charles Street in Guilford, where they lived until moving to Blakehurst about 15 years ago.

In addition to being an animal lover, Mrs. Downes was an accomplished needlepoint worker and enjoyed working crossword puzzles.

She was a former member of the L'Hirondelle Club in Ruxton and the Woman's Club of Roland Park.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Carrollton and Boyce avenues, Ruxton.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Downes is survived by a son, William Wallace Downes Jr. of Salt Lake City; two daughters, Elizabeth Downes Brown of Rehoboth Beach, Del., and Elinor Downes Henry of Riderwood; a sister, Amanda Wylie Hopkins of Roland Park; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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