Betty Lou (McCall) Lowe passed away on Thursday, August 13, 2020, one day shy of her 98th birthday.
A few weeks before she passed, she wrote her own obituary:
I was born on August 14, 1922 to Robert L. and Fannie Grace McCall. When I was nine months, the Lord called my mother home. At that time, no one was interested or enthused about adding another child to their already full households. Thanks to an eight-year-old little girl named Avis, I was taken to the best home in the country. I inherited the best mommy and daddy, four brothers, Bill and Dan Murray, Max, Jack and sister, Avis Grinnell. I had a very, very, happy childhood. There were no toys, but never lacked in lots of cats to play with and other things that go with a farm.
In May 1939, I graduated from Vienna High School after completing my third year of high school.
My dad married Cleta McCall. She was an exceptionally fine woman. When I was 22 years of age, my brother, Robert Lee McCall, Jr. of Buncombe was born. He is married to Jeannie. They have two daughters, Sheila and Rachelle.
I married William Edward Lowe December 5, 1945. The Lord called him home April 29, 1957.
I am the mother of two boys. Bruce Lyndon and Darla Boyd Lowe and Bradley Keith and Jeanine Newell Lowe, both of Marion. Four grandchildren: Richard Ray Lowe and friend Amber Stewart of Marion, Justin Edward and Kari Sorrels Lowe of O’fallon, MO, Jonathan Kyle and Debby Liscio Lowe of Puyallup, WA, and Amber Diane and Chris Stanfill of Marion. Seven great grandchildren: Gracelyn Kay, Macyn Olivia, and Shaelyn Rose of O’fallon, MO, Gage Lyndon Lowe of Puyallup, WA, Lukas Bradley and Elias Charles Stanfill of Marion, IL and Ethan Stanfill of Oklahoma.
Nieces and nephews, on the Murray side, are Jim, Steve, Kathy, David, John, Mary Ann, and Joe. There are many others.
If I could have one prayer and wish, it would be for every boy and every girl in this country to have as happy a childhood as I experienced.
Betty was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. She was the best cook and baker around, with many people buying pies from her. Betty was an exceptional bowler. She was feisty, spunky and one of the strongest women you would ever meet. Betty will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Funeral services will be held at Blue Funeral Home in Marion on Sunday, August 16, 2020 at 1pm with Rev. Gilbert Craig and Justin Lowe officiating. Burial will follow at Vienna Fraternal Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday from 11am until the time of service at the funeral home.
Due to health concerns related to the COVID-19 virus, those attending are asked to follow social distancing guidelines and the wearing of masks is encouraged.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at the funeral home.
For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit bluefuneralhome.com