In Memoriam : Kathleen Lowery

Kathleen Lowery Kathleen Lowery - age: 86
(December 12, 1930 to November 03, 2017 )
Resident of Benton, Illinois

Visitation Information:
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 11, 2017
First Baptist Church
201 South Main Street
Benton, Illinois 62812

11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 11, 2017
First Baptist Church
201 South Main Street
Benton, Illinois 62812

Knob Prairie Cemetery

Mrs. Kathleen (Collins) Lowery passed away peacefully on November 3, 2017 at Helia Healthcare Center in Benton at the age of 86.

Mrs. Lowery was born in Benton on December 12, 1930, the daughter of Clyde and Ethel Collins, who owned and operated several local restaurants in Benton. She attended Benton Township High School, where she was Homecoming Queen and named Miss Benton. She married Warren Mitchell in 1948, and was widowed in 1951 as a result of the Orient No. 2 Mine Disaster.

In 1953, she married Clarence “Red” Lowery and together they shared over 61 years of marriage together. Mrs. Lowery was part of the first graduating class of Rend Lake College in Ina, and she then attended Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, where she earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s studies.

For nearly two decades, Mrs. Lowery was an educator at Benton Consolidated High School, where she taught English, reading, and literature. During her time, Mrs. Lowery was known as dedicated, caring and fun teacher who took interest in each student she met. Whether it was teaching one of the literature classics or participating in homecoming skits, she was always enthusiastic and a good sport. She helped many students succeed in school and earn their diploma, despite their background, economic struggles, or situation in life that may have prevented them. She found personal success in her student’s achievements and stayed connected with many throughout her life.

Mrs. Lowery was an active member of the Benton community. She was a member of the Illinois Education Association, and previously served on the executive board of the Franklin County Retired Teachers Association, making yearly trips to the state capitol to meet with legislators and advocate for issues for retired educators. She was also a past president of the American Association of University Women in Benton.

As a longtime member of the First Baptist Church, she served as a deacon and member of the church choir. She was also a member of the Lucy Helm Mission Circle, where she volunteered her time in service of others, whether it was delivering meals to those who were homebound, gathering supplies for families in need, or teaching Sunday school.

Together with her husband, Mrs. Lowery traveled all over the world, including to her favorite places of Spain, Mexico, the Bahamas and making frequent trips to Florida to visit her children and grandchildren. She was a gifted artist, whose paintings and drawings now hang in her family’s homes, and a talented writer, known for writing witty poems for faculty retirements and special occasions.

She also enjoyed boating on Rend Lake, tending to her garden and flowers, and caring for the many pets and animals that resided at her home over the past 40 years, including her most beloved dog, Rusty.

Above all else, Mrs. Lowery took pride in her family and loved spending time with them, along with her many friends. She will be remembered as someone who brought warmth, generosity, and kindness to all those around her.

She is survived by her children; Lynn Alligood and husband Bob, of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, Cindy Lowery of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, Robert Lowery and wife Lisa, of Benton, grandchildren; Kathleen Wubker and husband Brian, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Olivia Lowery of Sister Bay, Wisconsin, Christopher Lowery of Springfield, Clarence Wade Lowery of Jacksonville, Florida, Ryan Lowery of Benton, and Mackenzie Lowery of Neptune Beach, Florida, great-grandchildren; Lillian Kathleen Warpinski, Sophia Wubker, Bennett Wubker, Oliver Reichel, and Christian Reichel, nephew; Bill Lowery of Benton, sister; Kay Cheek of Pinckneyville; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husbands; parents; sister; Ramona Hill, and son; Clarence Clyde “C.C.” Lowery.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the First Baptist Church of Benton, with Rev. Alan Newman and Rev. Jim Jenkel officiating. Burial will be in the Knob Prairie Cemetery near Akin. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the funeral hour.

Arrangements are with the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Benton/West City Ministerial Alliance or the American Humane Society, and will be accepted at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

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Beverly Lampley - November 8, 2017Contact this person Contact this person
Ms Kathleen made a huge impact on my life during my years at first Baptist Church. She was such a warm, loving lady and a beautiful example of Christian love and life. Sending prayers to her family, Cindy, Rob and all.

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