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Janis Elizabeth Downey

SHARON — Janis Elizabeth Downey, 83, died Jan. 3, 2022,  in Sharon.

She was the loving wife of the late John A. Downey MD.

Janis was born on June 14, 1938, in Uxbridge in Middlesex, UK, the only child of Arnold and Katherine (née Procter) Piggott.

Following completion of her education, including secretarial training in Oxford, Janis moved to London, where she worked for various Members of Parliament. She always fondly remembered her nine years working for Baron Richard Luce, former Lord Chamberlain to the Queen and a Conservative Member of Parliament.

While on vacation in Italy in 1980, Janis met her future husband, John. After a long-distance romance, they married in New York City in 1983.

They then split their time between their home in New York and their farmhouse in Sharon, where Janis was able to indulge her lifelong love of animals.

A memorial service will be held at the Sharon Congregational Church on Saturday, Jan. 15, at 1 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Sharon Congregational Church, P.O. Box 6, Sharon CT 06069.

The Kenny Funeral Home in Sharon has care of arrangements.

The memorial service will be available to watch online at www.sharoncongregationalchurch.org/downey-memorial.

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