Carol D. Downs, 86: Talented pianist, singer brought music to others

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YARMOUTH — Carol DeMond Downs, 86, of Yarmouth and Deer Isle, died peacefully on Jan. 19 at her home.

Downs was born Feb. 28, 1928, in Brooklyn, New York, the only child of Chester W. and Dorothy W. DeMond. She grew up in White Plains, New York.

Her grandmother introduced Carol to the piano at age 3, and it soon became her life. After graduating from Pine Manor Junior College, in Massachusetts, she went on to study music at the University of Michigan, majoring in piano performance.

A 60-year member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, Downs devoted much time and talent to its philanthropic arm, helping to bring music and instruments to students throughout the world. She was a founding member and adviser to the organization’s chapters in New Jersey and Connecticut.

Down was a talented accompanist and played two-piano literature, especially Rachmaninoff, with partners wherever she lived. She performed in benefit concerts and programs of the many musical clubs to which she belonged.

When she wasn’t playing, she enjoyed attending opera performances or listening to them on the radio. She also took great pleasure singing in church choirs and with the Oratorio Society of New Jersey.

In addition, Downs was an avid fan of the University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team. She relished summers in Deer Isle, and loved every type of animal.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Myron H. Downs; her three children, Bruce Downs and wife, Karen, Allen Downs and wife, Donna, and Elaine Bird; and her grandchildren, Annalies Goodwin, Daniel Downs, Rachel Downs, Judith Downs, Carolyn Downs, Peter Bird and Brian Bird.

A memorial service will be held at the convenience of Downs’ family, and she will be interred at Forest Hill Cemetery, in Deer Isle.

The family expresses sincere thanks to VNA Hospice and Casco Bay Home Care for the excellent care they provided. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made in Downs’ memory to a charity of one’s choice.

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