A lifelong resident of State College, Mardi graduated from State High in 1987. Mardi spent her 27 years in the State College Area School District teaching 6th grade Math, English, and Science, starting at Ferguson Township Elementary and then at Park Forest Middle School.  She is survived by her husband, Nick Downs, and two daughters, Colleen Eireann McDonough and Grace Aine McDonough, all of State College; step-daughter, Sierra Downs of Boston, MA; father, Lee Lowry of State College and mother, Carol Spangler of Huntingdon, PA. Also survived by her brother, Eric Lowry (Dr. Marta Villaraga) and nieces, Sofia and Isabela of Ardmore, PA.

Read the beautiful story of her life here.

Mardi’s family has partnered with the SCASD Education Foundation to name the Student Opportunity Fund and Grant Program in her honor. This important program has and will continue to benefit teachers and students throughout the District for many years.