Obituary of Lorna Dee Lowe
Lorna passed away at her home in Varanda Senior Living on the morning of Wednesday, September 25, at the age of seventy-eight. Lorna was born on December 31, 1940 in Fullerton, California to Lorin and Bonnie Lutschg. Lorna was always so proud of her Swiss heritage.
Lorna attended school in Fullerton and was always one of the brightest students in her class. Lorna loved music her whole life and besides being in her high school drill team, she took many years of music lessons. From ages 13-18 her piano teacher was Mrs. Black who would hit Lorna’s hands with a ruler if she played the wrong key. Lorna thought it was through Mrs. Black’s meanness that she became such an accomplished pianist. After high school, Lorna attended Westmont College in Montecito, California and then two years at Baylor College in Texas.
Lorna was the oldest of five girls. Lorna, Billie, Lucy, Rosemary, and Gayle were spread out over sixteen years. I am sure Lorna loved being the bossy older sister.
Lorna began her business career being a secretary to many different attorneys in California before going to work at Knott’s’ Berry Farm as the personal secretary to Mr. Russell Knott. She loved her job with Mr. Knott and the opportunity it gave her to meet many celebrities.
Lorna married Ron Lowe on May 20, 1972, and took up her married life on a ranch in Arco, Idaho. Lorna’s parents had already moved to Arco as well so Lorna had her mother to do many sewing and needlework projects with. Lorna loved her life in Arco and enjoyed their many friends she had there. Through their daughter, Tricia, Lorna became involved in Jobs Daughters. She loved those girls beyond question and eventually Lorna became the Grand Guardian of Jobs Daughters for Idaho in 1987. She chose the goose as her fun emblem and she was known as The Grand Goose.
In 1987, Ron and Lorna moved to Boise where they both got involved in Jobs Daughters Bethels. The girls gravitated to them like geese to water.
Lorna accomplished something no other woman could do. She served as Queen of Iras Temple No. 40, Daughters of the Nile, while also serving as President of Boise Assembly, Social Order of the Beauceant. This was all in 1995. The Supreme Queen made her Official Visit one week, and there is a lot of memory work for The Queen; and the very next week, Lorna had the Official Visit of the Supreme President of the Beauceant to Boise. Lorna had no musician in Beauceant so she not only presided over the initiation but also had a keyboard on a stand in front of her and she played all the music for the ceremony. She was amazing!
Ron and Lorna were members of Boise Basin Court No. 3 Order of the Amaranth where Lorna served as Royal Matron in 2008-2009 and then went on to serve as Grand Royal Matron in 2012-2013. She loved the work Amaranth does for Diabetes Research and also loved to tell the story of how they made and sold candy to make tons of money for the research.
Lorna enjoyed her membership in Rob Morris Chapter No. 63 in Kuna, Idaho, and she had also become a member of Golden Rule Chapter No. 131 in Nyssa, Oregon, Order of the Eastern Star. When her Mystic Star Chapter No. 81 had to merge with Boise Chapter No. 65 she was very sad. The lessons of the Star were engraved upon her heart I am sure.
Lorna served as Supreme Musician in both Daughters of the Nile and the Social Order of the Beauceant.
Lorna worked for some Boise area doctors and especially enjoyed her time working for Dr. Doug Smith and Dr. Susan Hegsted.
Lorna loved to travel and some of her favorite places were Greece, Russia, Hawaii, and the Scandinavian Countries.
Through all of this charmed life, Lorna also suffered great heartache when their daughter Tricia passed away with cancer twenty-one years ago this December 20. Lorna also felt great pain when Ron’s daughter, Vickie, passed away with cancer also. The highlights in Lorna’s life were her grandchildren who she loved to the moon and back. Bradley, Kim, and Maddie brought her much happiness through the years and Lorna touched their lives as only Lorna could.
Ron would like to thank the staff at Varanda for their love and support and also Lorna’s fraternal family, especially her Nile Choir she spent many years with as their musician. With much love, Ron thanks Danielle for taking them in and getting them settled in their new life being taken care of 24/7.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that you support either the precious children at Shriners Hospitals for Children(R) at: Daughters of the Nile Foundation 6705 Mesa Drive, Austin, Texas 78731-2817 or via computer at donfdn.org. OR Grand Court of Idaho, Order of Amaranth c/o Judy Demaray 1542 Syringa Circle, Gooding, Idaho 83330-5193. In check memo write: Lorna- Diabetes Research.
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