Born December 17, 1925 in Clear Spring, Maryland, Alliene was the daughter of Goldie Weller Seibert and Allan Benton Seibert. She graduated from Clear Spring High School in 1943 and Towson State Teachers College in 1947. In her college yearbook, Alliene is noted as “happy-go-lucky, good natured, amiable and loquacious,” characteristics she possessed throughout her life. Alliene married Charles Cyrus Downs, also of Clear Spring in 1947. Charles and Alliene moved to Montpelier Farm in 1955, a property owned and managed by generations of the Seibert family since 1857.
Alliene began teaching elementary education in 1947 at Indian Springs School, a three-room schoolhouse west of Clear Spring, followed by Woodland Way, Broadway, Winterstreet and Clear Spring Elementary Schools. In 1986 she retired from Clear Spring Elementary School after 33 years of teaching; an experience that enabled her many times to teach three generations of the same family. Long after her retirement, Alliene’s students continued to thank her in person and in letters for her impact on their lives with her beautiful smile, her inspiration and her ability to instill knowledge, discipline and kindness.
Following her retirement, Alliene served on the Board of Tri-State Community Health Center from 1991-1997 and volunteered for many projects including St. John’s United Church of Christ, Clear Spring District Historical Society, the Washington County Retired Teachers’ Association, the Red Hat Society and the Clear Spring Garden Club.
Alliene’s greatest pleasure was visiting with and entertaining friends and relatives; traveling with her husband and spending time with her children, their spouses and families; Charles Richard Downs, 69, (Debbie), Rebecca Downs Baker, 61, (Peter McLaughlin) Andrew Allan Downs, 59, (Cindy) and Philip Edward Downs, 56, her grand-children Jonathan Downs, Laura Downs Niedosik, Christopher Downs, Alan Downs, Kyle Downs, Katherine Baker Kennedy, and her great-grand-children Allison Niedosik and Kendra Lucille Kennedy.
A Memorial Service will be held at 7 PM on Saturday, May 19, St. John’s United Church of Christ, 211 E. Cumberland Street, Clear Spring, Maryland.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the St. John’s United Church of Christ Building Fund, PO Box 157, Clear Spring Maryland 21722 or the Clear Spring Historical Association, P.O. Box 104, Clear Spring, MD 21722.
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Donald Edwin Thompson Funeral Home, Inc. is honored to serve the family.