Miriam Lois Lowe


Posted: Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Former Juneau resident Miriam Lowe died Dec. 17, 2007, in Vancouver, Wash. She was 90.

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Born May 29, 1917, in Victoria, British Columbia, she lived near the Jordan River with her father, Harry Lea; mother, Minnie Lea; and brother, Ken Lea, until moving to Juneau in 1923.

From that time on, she was a Juneau resident. She saw the town grow from a small mining community to the bustling capital and top tourist destination it is today. When she was a youth living at Salmon Creek, she and her brother were frequently taken to school during the winter in a horse-drawn sleigh owned by Juneau Dairies. She subsequently worked for Juneau Dairies for many years before retiring in 1970.

At that time, she and her husband, Kenneth "Grassy" M. Lowe, went on a 10-year adventure traveling around the United States several times in their motor home during the winter and returned to Juneau each summer.

She always fondly said she knew they had visited every battlefield in the United States. Her husband was a history buff. In 1979, they returned to Juneau full time where she lived until 2006, when she moved to Vancouver for health reasons and to be near her son and daughter-in-law, Ken and Janice Lowe.

She loved Juneau and had countless friends here, her family said.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Ken Lea and his wife, Rachel Lea. They were all interred at Evergreen Cemetery.

She is survived by her son, Ken Lowe and his wife, Janice; grandchildren, John Lowe and Ken Lowe of Juneau; and Jean Carter of Sacramento, Calif.; and numerous nephews and nieces.

A memorial service will be held next spring in Evergreen Cemetery at the site of her parents' grave. An announcement will be made when a firm date is selected for the services.

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