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Louise Vorbeck

October 20, 1927 — November 4, 2021

Ruby Louise Downing Vorbeck passed away of natural causes, in Port Townsend, Washington, surrounded by her family on November 4, 2021, at the age of 94.

Born October 20, 1927, in Winwood, Missouri to Harry Logan Downing, Sr. and Ruby Evelyn Swigelson Downing, Louise lived in Kansas City, Missouri for 87, years before joining her younger brother and his family in Port Townsend, Washington for the final seven years of her life.

Her father worked on the Wabash Railroad. Growing up during the challenging times of the Great Depression, Louise drew on great strength of character and determination to overcome this obstacle and achieve a very successful career and personal life. She was an independent woman before her time.
Louise was an extremely intelligent, hard-working and determined woman. She graduated from North Kansas City High School, then began working at the entry level of Southwestern Bell Telephone Company and rose to a top managerial position. She traveled the world, never stopped learning, and learned to play Bridge at the age of 70, and immediately won a bridge tournament! She was president of her equestrian club. Active in her community, she volunteered at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception and several hospitals.

Louise loved the finer things in life and was always exquisitely coiffed, well-dressed, and sparkled with her beloved jewelry. She was supportive and generous to her family and friends. Louise loved a party, and her door was always open seven days a week at 4 pm to anyone who wanted to join her for Happy Hour.
When she turned 80, a birthday party was held in her honor in Kansas City, Missouri, and was attended by over 50, of her friends and family.

Louise was preceded in death by her father, Harry Logan Downing, Senior, mother, Ruby Evelyn Swigelson Downing, brother, Ralph Leonard Downing, and nephew, Leonard Ralph (Cheryl) Downing, former husbands Herbert Halstenberg and Charles Vorbeck, and lifelong best friend, Connie Cox. She is survived by her little brother, Dr. Harry "Tony" Logan Downing (Rosemarie), niece Christina Downing, nephews Sean Logan Downing, Michael Downing (Nicolle), Robert Downing (Marla), and Steven Downing (Kelley), in addition to grand-nephews Logan Downing and Justen Downing, grand-nieces Miranda Downing, Chloe Downing, Callie Downing, Kamryn Downing, several step children many step-grandchildren, and dear friend, Monsignor Robert Gregory.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 12:15  on Tuesday, July 11, 2023 at The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception  416 W 12th St, Kansas City, MO 64105. A memorial gathering will be at 2 PM at Terrace Park Cemetery’s Lake Side Chapel 801 NW 108th Street (Shoal Creek Pkwy) at 2 PM with committal service beginning at 3 PM.

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Service Schedule

Upcoming Services


Tuesday, July 11, 2023

12:15 - 1:00pm (Central time)

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

416 W 12th St, Kansas City, MO 64105

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Memorial Gathering

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

2:00 - 3:00pm (Central time)

Terrace Park Cemetery Lakeside Chapel

801 NW 108th St, Kansas City, MO 64155

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Graveside Service

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

3:00 - 3:15pm (Central time)

Terrace Park Funeral Home & Cemetery

801 NW 108th St, Kansas City, MO 64155

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