1944 – 2007
Pomfret – Jean (Vaillant) Downer, 63, of Murdock Road, died Tuesday, June 5, 2007 at Haven Health Center of Jewett City after a courageous 36 year battle with Rheumatoid Arthritis. She was the loving wife of William Downer for 42 years. Born in Putnam, she was the daughter of the late J. Leo and Gertrude (DuBois) Vaillant.
Mrs. Downer was the mother of triplet daughters. She enjoyed creating a home for her family and being a grandmother. She was a Putnam High School graduate and enjoyed playing bingo
Besides her husband, Jean is survived by her triplet daughters, Lori Ellsworth; Lisa St. Martin and her husband, David; and Luann Downer, all of Pomfret; six grandchildren, Tyler, Kyle, Ashley, Kelly, Amy, and Zachary; as well as her sister, Janet Lafortune and her husband, Lucien, of Putnam.
Friends and relatives are invited to visit with Jean’s family on Thursday, June 7, 2007 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm in the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam. A gathering will begin 9:00 am Friday with Funeral Service at 10:00 am in the Funeral Home. Burial will be private. Donations may be made in her memory to the Pomfret Independent Fire Department, PO Box 306, Pomfret Center, Ct 06259.