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Thelma Fern Davis Lowe, 97, passed away on October 27th, 2016 peacefully at her home. Her funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 31, 2016 at Strode Funeral Home Chapel in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Coyle, Oklahoma. Strode Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.
Thelma was born August 8, 1919 to Lester Lee Davis and Mary Etta Coon Davis, near Perry, Oklahoma.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leonard Lowe and brothers Vernon Davis, Kenneth Davis, and one infant sister.
She is survived by her beloved children; daughter, Patricia Moorman and husband, Bob and son Larry Lowe. Her grandchildren, Danny and Michelle Moorman; Darla Duncan; David and Terri Moorman; Lonny Lowe; Lori and David Nicholson; great grandchildren, Jason and Lyndsey Moorman; Casey and Marvin Cronsiter; Dustin and Taryn Moorman; Colton and Natasha Moorman; Brooke Moorman; Morgan Duncan; Peyton Duncan; Teryn Moorman; Heath Moorman; Jaime and Bryan Cormany; great-great grandchildren, Kylee, Cooper, Canden and Katelyn Cronister; Maddie Moorman; Kynlee, Bradon and Tessa Moorman; Conner and Payson Moorman; Bryson Anderson; Matthew Smedley, Kelsie, Ryan and Addysn Cormany, Tia Nicholson and Aliza Lowe; one brother, Marvin Davis; two sisters, Jane Wingrove and Donna Baldivid.
Pallbearers will be her grandchildren.
Before her death, Thelma wrote the story of her life. I was born August 8, 1919 to Lester Lee Davis and Mary Etta Coon Davis near Perry, Oklahoma. I was the oldest of six children. I went to grade school at Clarkson and Pleasant Valley District 3, and graduated from Coyle High School in 1936 at the age of 16. I loved to read and my mother taught me at a young age to sew. I wore out my grandmother's treadle sewing machine as a child.
As a child I remember looking through the cracks in the floorboards of the lumber wagon and watching the water in the river. We were older before we owned a car and only traveled when necessary. Coyle Grocery was the closest so daddy bought our groceries there. Mother seldom went to town.
I married Leonard Lowe on October 26, 1939. We lived on the Reningar place and later bought the property. In 1949, Leonard, with the help of my dad, built our house on the farm using hand tools. In 1950, electricity came to our farm. Leonard passed away in 2003. We have lived together for over 64 years.
As a young homemaker, I joined the Payne Center Extension Club and enjoyed it for as long as I was able, eventually earning the 50 year award. At a middle age, I learned to oil paint and painted for many years for family and friends. I raised a garden for years. I planted the staples and raised strawberries and rhubarb for years until we quit gardening. After Leonard's death in 2003, I lived alone for several years. I spent my time piecing and hand-quilting quilts for five of my grandchildren.
After the doctor put stints in my arteries to my heart, I moved in with Bob and Pat. During the time I lived with them, Pat cut the pieces and I pieced and bound quilts while Pat machine quilted. I made quilts for five grandchildren and most of my great and great-great grandchildren.
God give me strength. I will go when he calls me. All must be ready when he does. I have loved seeing all of my new grandkids grow up and never dreamed that I would. God bless each of us. I love you all.-Thelma Lowe.
Published on October 28, 2016
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