After a long and courageous battle with cancer, Mariah Ann Downey passed from this life on October 9th, 2020 at her home in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 68. Mariah was born November 26, 1951 in Kanas City, Missouri to Stephen Otha Culmer and Nita Charmain (Price). On October 26, 1991, she married the love of her life and best friend, Michael Downey.
Mariah brought joy to everyone around her. She and Michael’s shared passion of teaching people about the life and customs of Jesus enriched lives. Mariah loved being a song leader, and anyone that knew her as a friend felt honored to be loved by her, but more than anything, she loved her family.
Mariah never stopped seeking knowledge. After High School in Richardson, Texas, she attended Collin Community College, where she was in Jazz Choir, and she attended the Texas Woman’s University until she met, fell in love, and married her husband, Michael. As a Messianic Believer, Mariah’s passion was studying Hebrew with Teri Yeakley of Paris, Texas and studying the word of God with Dr. Doug Wheeler at Kidron Christian College in Pocahontas, Arkansas.
Mariah applied a zealous passion to every area in her life. She was the Office Manager for Greener Chiropractic in Idabel, and later she became an Independent Catastrophe Insurance Adjuster which brought her many travels from Key Largo, Florida to Yuma, Arizona working storms such as Katrina, Floyd, Ivan and many more. She spent months serving in the aftermath of Oklahoma City’s May 3rd, 1999 tornado. She served as an assistant chaperone for Broken Bow High School’s Art Club and Golf Club, and she was a substitute teacher at Broken Bow. Mariah loved training Bird Dogs, some called her “The Puppy Whisperer”.
Mariah was preceded in death by her parents, Stephen and Nita Culmer, and her sister, Diane (Culmer) Hartline.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, Michael Downey, of the home. Son, David Culmer Brenner of Tucumcari, New Mexico. Daughter, Rachel Elaine Brenner, of Broken Arrow, OK, and Stepdaughter, Micah Nicole Downey of Austin, Texas. Sisters, Loretta (Culmer) Moore, Linda Kaye (Wilson) Quattrone, and Rebecca Culmer. Grandchildren, Danielle Ann Brenner, Jonah Damon Stewart and Jacob Daniel Anderson. Eight nieces and three nephews, and a host of friends.
A Graveside Service will be held at Watson Memorial Cemetery in Oak Hill, OK at 5pm on Saturday, October 10th. Dr. Doug Wheeler and Brother Eddie Vandiver will officiate. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Mended Wings Ministry, P.O. Box 1201, Pocahontas, AR 72455.
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