Blue Funeral Home (Marion)
Sunday August 16th, 2020
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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
Brad, I just found your mother's obituary. I am so sorry I didn't see it before. So sorry to hear of her passing. She sounds like she was a wonderful mother and all around person. God bless you and your family.
Linda Simmons Sep 4 2020 3:27 AM
I loved your Mother. She was a great woman, a friend that will be missed. If you havent given your life to God, have a personal relationship with him, please do so NOW. She would want to be with you again in heaven.
Linda Burlison Aug 22 2020 1:24 AM
I am so sad to hear about Betty passing. She was a unique, one of a kind person that I am so happy to have known. Doug and I loved bowling with her and Brad and always looked forward to seeing them. She was a true inspiration to me on how to age gracefully and never let anything get you down. She was an independent woman before there was such a thing. She will be missed by the many people who knew her. I am so sad that I cannot make it to the visitation today but Doug will be there. Rest in peace sweet lady!!
Evelyn M Bayles Aug 16 2020 4:01 PM
When I think of Betty Lou and we as children always called her BettyLou; the word "corker" comes to mind. Not knowing what it precisely really ment but knowing that Betty was one, I googled the word. At the first site it so happened that today word was corker; "a remarkable or outstanding person or thing". Besides being a corker most of her stories were real corkers. She was a great story teller. Most of her stories involved a moral and were never crass, and were devoid of any subterfuge. Her stories were about life and love, and her boundless enthusiasm for both. She probably knew little about the moral involved for Betty was a truly authentic person, that did not suffer fools gladly. Betty had a casual dignity about her that put others at ease. She had an overall sense of priority about her that spelled class. Betty was indeed a charter member of the "greatest generation". I will miss her love of life, love of family and friends, and her gratitude for the chance for a life well lived. Lastly I will miss her fudge and divinity that would come every Christmas. Through her trials and tribulations, she always carried on for she was "Betty Lou"
jim murrie Aug 16 2020 3:52 PM
Words cannot express the sadness I feel in the loss of such an incredible woman. Betty was a longtime friend of my mother and as a result I became friends with her son Brad. As lives change and people move so it was with me. It didnt matter to Betty and she was always baking a pie for my mom when I visited. I dont know if I have ever met a more caring and compassionate woman and she passed those traits on to her sons. I know in my heart that she is in heaven visiting my mom. Love you Betty.
Ben Dallas Aug 16 2020 12:00 AM
Aunt Betty and Clare Murrie (our mother) both born 1922, called each other on their birthday and this tradition continued with Betty calling all seven of the Murrie children on their respective birthdays. We will miss those calls. Betty was a keeper the family history, regaling us with detailed descriptive and sometimes humorous stories about our long-dead ancestors. Often, we took trips to cemeteries and soon she will be buried in one of these cemeteries next to her beloved husband Ed. Betty brimmed with gratitude for people places and her life experiences. She had an inbred sense of justice calling out insensitive or wrong behavior. She was a woman of great passion, depth, and courage. In her presence, we were all better people seeing life was full possibilities. She adored her two son and was proud of her daughter in-laws and grandchildren. Some of my fondest memories were her taking me to my first wedding, allowing me to consume a box of sugar pops, and driving snazzy cars. (occasionally very fast) Betty would enjoy hearing about the brand-new member of our family Kennedy Murrie-Robinson born on here birthday August 14, 2020.
Katherine Murri Aug 15 2020 8:54 PM
One of kind ... I truly adored this feisty, funny, strong, (and sometimes cantankerous) woman who would get a tear in her eye whenever she spoke of her hubby Ed. She shared stories of my grandmother who, at one time, was Bettys Sunday school teacher at Second Baptist Church. We shared great bowling days and memories, and numerous photos of her grandkids (she was proud of them all). She would deliver one of her fabulous pies just because. I know she will remain in my heart. Rest In Peace my friend, you are with your Mr Ed and in the safe arms of our Heavenly Father. Sincere condolences to all ... Brad, I hold you in my prayers.
Judy Batchelor Aug 15 2020 6:42 PM
I first meet Betty (that I could Remember)min July 2918 at the Murrie Reunion. I really enjoyed talking to her and have received notes from her since, she talked about coming to my Grandparents house when she was young and lived with the Murries. She was the oldest in attendance that day She was a wonderful Lady.
Arlene Miles Aug 15 2020 5:01 PM
Im so sorry to hear of Bettys passing. I have very fond memories of her when I was child. My Grandmother , Ruth Bond Zoller, and her were such good friends. Again Im sorry for your loss.
Jeffrey Martin Aug 15 2020 2:12 PM
Betty Lou was a gem that God sent to shine for Him. I will miss our visits with my sweet, loving cousin. Our deepest sympathy to Bruce and Brad and their families.
Bonnie and Stan Haake Aug 15 2020 1:15 PM