Jean M. Lowman, 88

Jean M. Lowman, 88, formerly of 621 Augustus St., St. Marys, a resident of Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Community, died at 3:15 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at Otterbein St. Marys.

She was born on March 30, 1924, in St. Marys, the daughter of Ralph and Amelia (Kammer) Ferris, and they preceded her in death.

On May 4, 1946, she married William J. Hail, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 10, 1964. On Nov. 26, 1974, she married Maurice Lowman, and he preceded her in death on May 7, 1987.

She is survived by her three sons, Charles (Vicki) Hail of Helena, Mont., Michael (Brenda) Hail of Peachtree City, Ga., and William (Bernice) Hail of Mason; five grandchildren, Matthew Hail, Elizabeth Hail, Ian Hail, Alison Clemons and Travis Hail; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert Ferris of Cincinnati.

Jean was a 1942 graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School. She earned a BS and MS in education from Miami University and she also attended the Cincinnati Music Conservatory.

She served many years as a teacher at Holy Rosary School in St. Marys and Spencerville Public Schools. She retired as a supervisor of the Allen County School System.

She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in St. Marys and the Altar Sodality of the church. She was a member of Sigma Alpha Iota Professional Fraternity; Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority; St. Marys Shakespeare Club; St. Marys Music Club; Progress Club; was a member and past president of the Friends of the Library; a Red Cross volunteer for many years; a member of the St. Marys Community Foundation; had served for many years as the organist and choir director of her parish, Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

The passion of her life was playing the piano.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in St. Marys, with the Rev. Barry Stechschulte officiating. Burial will follow at Gethsemane Cemetery.

Friends may call one hour before the funeral mass at the Miller-Long and Folk Funeral Home, 314 W. High St., St. Marys, where memorial gifts may be given to Grand Lake Hospice.

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