Mary Elizabeth “Betty” (Parker) Lowe passed away on June 9, 2014 at the Estelline Nursing and Care Center. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 11 from 5-7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bryant with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 12 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bryant. Osthus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mary Elizabeth “Betty” (Parker) Lowe was born October 15, 1928 to Elijah and Mary (Hallasey) Parker in Hazel, South Dakota. She lived with her family on their farm outside of Hazel until the death of her father in 1937. The family moved to Bryant shortly after that time. Mary attended school in Bryant where she graduated in 1946. After just six weeks of attending teaching classes at General Beadle College in Madison, South Dakota, she began teaching in Garfield School, a one-room schoolhouse in rural Hamlin County. She married Mervin Lowe on New Year’s Eve in 1950. Mary taught in one-room schoolhouses including Washington and Cleveland until 1965 when she began teaching in the elementary school in Bryant. In 1972, Mary began teaching middle school math in the Hamlin School District. She continued to teach in Bryant until her well-earned retirement in 1993. In fact, the Governor of South Dakota declared her retirement, May 28, 1993, Mary Lowe Day.
Over the years, Mary taught countless children and was always a devoted teacher. She was known for her fairness and sense of humor. She knew the value of hard work and taught that to her students as well as teaching them that learning can be fun. She worked full-time, helped Mervin on the farm, and raised four children; all while taking classes each summer to complete her Bachelor of Science degree from Huron College in 1968. Mary was also a very active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bryant and its Altar Society, where she taught Catechism, was a lector, and helped in any way she could.
Some of her favorite things to do while retired included reading, tending to her yard and her flowers, visiting with her best friends, Carolyn and Kathy, among other friends, find-a-word puzzles, and of course, spending time with her family, which she cherished.
Grateful for having shared in her life are her husband, Mervin; daughter, Patrice (Walter) Wright of Mission, SD; son, Michael Lowe and his special friend Vivian Koehn of Watertown, SD; Mary Beth Grape and her husband Bob of Watertown, SD; Nichole Lowe and Rob Moeller of Sioux Falls, SD; her sisters, Jeanie (Rich) Sopkowski of Fort Collins, CO, and Joanie McBride of Bull Head City, AZ; as well as all her grandchildren, Walter Wright III, Jenna and Thomas Lowe; step grandchildren, Andrew, Cathi and James Grape, a great-grandchild, Dion Wright, nieces, and nephews, and all her friends and extended family.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Elijah and Mary Parker; her brothers, Don, Neil, Jack, Jerry, and Elijah Thomas; two sisters, Francis and Alice; one son-in-law, Walter.
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