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Monday October 2, 2017
11:00 AM
The funeral service will be held in Wuerfel Auditorium, South Country Village, (1720 Bell Street SW) on Monday, October 2, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Robert Findley officiating and Life Celebrant, David Townsend.
Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery.
In memory of
Andrea Gehring-Downie
September 06, 1961 - September 24, 2017 - Age 56

Andrea Dawn Gehring-Downie of Medicine Hat, passed away on Sunday, September 24, 2017, at the age of 56 years. She is fondly remembered by her mother, Beverly Downie (Ken Forbes); three brothers, Charles (Angele) Downie, Fraser Downie (Eileen Schmidt), Robert (Michele Meier) Downie; four nephews, Clayton, Wyatt, Dawson, Luke and her niece, Grace. She was predeceased by her father, Charles (Chuck) Gehring in 1962 and her adopted father, James Downie in 2005. In 1961, Andrea was born in Medicine Hat where she went to school, worked and was married. She was raised on a local farm, loved horses and the outdoors. At a young age of 24 years, Andrea was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She took this more as a challenge than a hardship and fought bravely through the rest of her life as it gradually took its toll. She was voted as Medicine Hat’s “MS Person of the Year” from the example she set. Andrea worked as a surveyor, dark room technician and daycare kitchen supervisor in Medicine Hat until she was no longer able to work. She was always able to light up a room with her smile, humor and good nature. Andrea was adored by her family and friends for the positive example she set throughout her life. She taught us all how to live our lives to the fullest. A special thank you to Sunnyside Care Center and all the staff who cared for Andrea since her move there in 2005. Thank you to the team of doctors and friends who cared for and visited Andy. The funeral service will be held at Wuerfel Auditorium, South Country Village, (1720 Bell Street SW) on Monday, October 2, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Robert Findley and Life Celebrant, David Townsend. Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Sunnyside Care Center, 1720 Bell St. SW, T1A 5E9 or to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 101 - 1201 Kingsway Ave SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 2Y2 . To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: [email protected] subject heading: Andrea Gehring-Downie.

Message from Rick & Luanne Schneider September 26, 2017

One of the first persons I met when I moved to Medicine Hat. Loved her sense of humor and wonderful smile. Heaven has gained a very special Angel. Condolences to the family.


Take Care
Rick & Luanne Schneider
Message from Jacinthe and Elmar Langle September 26, 2017

Chuck and Angele please accept our deepest sympathies from both of us.


Take Care
Jacinthe and Elmar Langle
Message from Eric and Nancy Nielsen September 26, 2017

Hi Bev
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your daughter. Our prayers are with you


Take Care
Eric and Nancy Nielsen
Message from Dale, Chandra, Darrick, & Deanna Weiss September 27, 2017

Our condolences to the Downie family in the loss of Andrea. She is healed - no more pain or struggles. Big hugs to all of you during this difficult time.


Take Care
Dale, Chandra, Darrick, & Deanna Weiss
Message from Wendy Hauck September 29, 2017

I will remember Andie for her beautiful smile and her ability to make others smile. She was a very special gal- my sincere condolences on your loss.


Take Care
Wendy Hauck
Message from Wendy Hauck September 30, 2017

Andrea's sweet nature and beautiful smile won't be forgotten. She made me smile nearly every time I went in her room while she was in care at Sunnyside.Caring thoughts and condolences, Bev,go to you and your family.


Take Care
Wendy Hauck
Message from Raeann Sharland October 01, 2017

Bev, Rob and family
My sincere condolences to you both and all your family in the passing of Andrea, Such a sweet person. May your memories bring you peace,


Take Care
Raeann Sharland