Private funeral services have been held for Lucy Dowden, 93. She died Dec. 19, 2020. Born in Jersey City, Lucy lived most of her life in Jersey City while summering in Allenhurst and moving there after retirement. The valedictorian of her graduating class at St. Dominic’s Academy in Jersey City, she enjoyed traveling with her sister Marilyn and was an officer of the Jersey City Symphony Society. She was working in a law firm in Jersey City when she met the love of her life, James Dowden. Married in 1959, they were married 57 years until his death in 2016. She loved gourmet cooking, traveling and fine restaurants and spending time with her family. She was the beloved wife of the late James H. Dowden; the devoted mother of James C. Dowden and his wife Mary, David M. Dowden and his wife Susan; beloved grandmother of Rebecca, Amy, Michael, Megan and Tara, loving aunt to Dennis Dowden and the late Kathleen Sommers. Services arranged by the Thompson Memorial Home of Red Bank.