Katherine Ellis Downs, 85, of Manhattan Beach, died on Monday, October 24, 2011. She was born in Berkeley, California and was raised by her mother, the late Ida Bee Ellis. Katie graduated from Los Angeles High School and attended the University of Southern California. She married Kenneth Downs in 1947, and they lived their entire married life in Manhattan Beach, CA. Katie worked in the library at Robinson Elementary School and later in the offices of the South Bay Adult School. She enjoyed her life in Manhattan Beach spending time with her many friends playing tennis, golf and bridge and keeping an eye on her children as they grew up on the beach. Their house at eight street and Strand was a hub for the beach lifestyle—surf boards, volleyballs, towels, bikes and lots of kids. She offered first aid, advice, commands and smiles. Katie loved to travel, and took several cruise trips with her husband in her lifetime. She and Ken lived in Europe for a year after their retirement. Katie is survived by her husband Kenneth and her three sons: Michael Downs of Solana Beach, Thomas Downs of San Pedro, and Andrew Downs of Manhattan Beach. Her daughter Claudia Petroni passed away last August, 2011. She also is survived by eight grandchildren including Morgan Brasfield, Max Downs, Vito and Sergio Petroni, and Brandon Downs. May she rest in peace…

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  1. I will forever hold you dear to my heart, Katie. Thank you for your loving friendship, and all the memorable mentoring through the years. Those 46 years just flew by. I have walked this path with my own mama & father as you know. I will keep your family in my prayers..you know that too. I miss you and knowing I can’t reach out & call you will be hard. I love you and am thankful for your life that was will lived. What a kind loving soul you are! xo Psalm 139 Dear Ken, I love you & will visit the next time I’m in town. My heart is with you and your family at this sorrowful season. Please hug the boys for me. Sylvia xo

  2. My love to all…Ken, Tom, Andy and Michael. Sorry for the loss of your mother and also sister. Saw Ken at Christmas and he seemed like he was doing ok. Sorry I wasn’t able to see anyone else. Love to hear from anyone via email if you would like. I have fond memories of Katie, her home & family, and the beach. Fondly, Kathy

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