Mary Alice Downs graduated from William Jewell College in Liberty Missouri with a BA in Music Education. She has taught music in public school and voice and piano classes at Purdue University. For more than 25 years she was choir director at Westminster Presbyterian in Waynesboro during which time she also taught private voice and piano classes. She has retired from the City of Waynesboro as Voter Registrar where she served for 15 years. She has three grown sons and four grandchildren.