Alma “Mickey” Taddicken Downey, 93, of Creston died Monday, January 27, 2014, at Creston Nursing and Rehab in Creston. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Creston. Fr. Ken Halbur will officiate. Burial will be at the St. Edward’s Cemetery near Afton. No visitation will be held. Memorials are to the Operation Smile. Online condolences may be made under the obituary category at www.powersfh.com.
Alma Belle Downey was born May 12, 1920 in Afton, Ia. to Leta Mae (Shiflett) Owens and John Charles Owens. From birth, Alma was nicknamed “Mickey” and was known by that name her entire life. The family farmed, but her father was disabled and it fell to Mickey to do many of the farm chores, along with a myriad of aunts and uncles who lived on adjoining farms and helped the Owens’.
When Mickey was 14, a brother, Patrick, was born. Patrick remained her shadow, her constant companion, and her Best Friend through her life. Mickey went to country school until attending Afton High School and graduating in 1937.
While visiting a friend in Creston in 1935, Mickey met Warren “Red” Taddicken. There was an immediate attraction, and the couple later married at St. Edwards Church in Afton in December, 1938. Red worked for many years as an auto mechanic in Creston, and the couple resided for almost forty years on Lincoln Street, raising three daughters.
Through the years, Mickey worked at various times for several department stores in Creston and later as a telephone operator. After Red’s death in 1978, she was employed by the Creston Greater Community Hospital.
Mickey was a faithful member of St. Malachy’s Church (later known as the Holy Spirit Parish) and served on the Altar Society. She was a member of the American Legion and also did some volunteer work for the American Cancer Society.
In 1980, she renewed an old friendship with Carl Downey of Creston, and the couple married in 1981. Unfortunately Carl succumbed to a brain aneurysm a few short months later.
Even during times of misfortune and sadness, Mickey maintained a sense of humor and dry wit that amused her friends and family.
In 2008 Mickey moved to Prairie View Assisted Living in Creston, where she found several friends from childhood, and made many more.
Mickey is survived by three daughters: Patricia (Olaf) Lemon of Canada, Katherine (Robert) West of California, and Cynthia (Michael) Krystkiewicz of California. Also surviving are brother Patrick Owens, three grandchildren, Christopher West, Andrew Miller, and Emily (Paul) Hammer; two step grandchildren, Claire Krystkiewicz and Katie An; three great-grandchildren, Lola and Max Miller, Henry Hammer and many, many close friends. She was preceded in death by her sister-in-law Loretta Owens; two close cousins, Ferne Ross and Shirley Liles, two sisters-in-law, Pearl James and Mary Lou Ethington, and one brother in law, Jack Taddicken.