Iona Susie O'Brien, 77, of Corpus Christi died on May 22, 2009 from pancreatic cancer.

She was born June 24, 1931 in Wink to Edmund Duggan and Susie Iona Terrell. Iona married "Billy Bob" in 1953. She became a widow at the age of 32 with five children aged two months to nine years old. Later she married Otto and had her "miracle baby". Together they raised all six children.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, William Robert Downing and Otto D. O'Brien.

She is survived by her sons, William Mark (Bobbie) Downing of Rockport, James Terrell (Anna Ree) Downing of Midland, Lawrence Robert (Deanie) Downing of Midland, and Eric Edmund (Donna) Downing of Bluntzer; daughters, Elizabeth Gwen (Rick) Higerd of Corpus Christi, and Kathleen Iona (Mel) Baria of Corpus Christi; sister, Mary Gwen (Maurice) York of Pipe Creek; and 20 grandchildren, Jeremy, Sara, Rachel, Reen Ann, Caitlin, William, Riley Ann, Dos, Camille, Caroline, Emma, Margaret and Lois Downing, Kyle, Allison, Paige, and Sean Higerd, Quinton, Lexi and Jacob Baria.

A Rosary was recited on Wednesday, May 27, at 7 p.m. in the Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, May 28, at 10 a.m. in St. Anthony Catholic Church at Violet with the Rev. Msgr. Celestine Murray, the Rev. Msgr. Morgan Rowsome and the Rev. Msgr. Seamus McGowen as con-celebrants.

Interment will in St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery at Violet.