Ann S. 'Missy' Lowe, 92: Always thought of others

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PORTLAND — Ann S. “Missy” Lowe, 92, died March 24 with her loving daughter by her side.

She was born Aug. 12, 1920, in Cokeburg, Pa., the daughter of John and Anna Sematic. 

Lowe grew up in Pennsylvania and attended area schools. After she moved to Portland, she worked for Porteous, Mitchell, and Braun in their credit office. She retired in 1989, after 37 years of service to the company.

She was a devout Catholic and a communicant of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and her strong faith in God helped her see the good in all people. She was involved in charity work, always thinking of others before herself. She volunteered for the Portland Chamber of Commerce and later she donated her time to the St. Vincent De Paul Soup Kitchen on Congress Street. Lowe was an avid walker, usually walking to and from work on the weekdays, and on weekends, she would often walk the Eastern Promenade. She even participated in the 5K Bone Density Dash, and received a blue ribbon for first place in the 80 and over division.

Lowe loved reading and always had a book close at hand. She also enjoyed watching birds and the antics of the backyard squirrel. She always had a cat in her life which she treated like royalty. She will always be remembered by those who were lucky enough to know her as a loving and caring person, who had a smile for everyone, and was always willing to offer a hand when needed. She will be greatly missed.

In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her son, Richard Lowe; five sisters, Verna Rados, Judy Sematic, Millie Sematic, Catherine Whitford and Roseanne Seminko; and three brothers, John, Andrew, and Michael Sematic.

She is survived by her daughter, Sandra DuEst, and her husband, Mark, of Portland; grandson, David Lowe, of Windham; and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated March 27 at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception followed by interment will in Evergreen Cemetery in Portland.

For those desiring, memorial donations in Lowe’s memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.