Mrs. Mary C. “Kay” Lowell, 94, passed away on Tuesday evening, September 2, 2010 at the St. Regis Nursing Home, where she had been a resident since 2001.
Kay was born March 25, 1916 in Burnaby, British Columbia, the daughter of Donald A. and Susan E. Flood Kennedy. She attended schools in Burnaby, Vancouver, and Windsor before moving to the area. On September 4, 1935, she married Murland R. Lowell at the Sacred Heart Church in Windsor, Ontario with Msgr. Dillon, officiating. He predeceased her on April 12, 1973.
She and her husband operated a farm on the River Road in Massena until the Seaway Project began. They then moved to Winthrop, where they lived until 1972. She worked in the food service department at Potsdam State College for many years. She later went to work at Phil’s Flowers, where she worked for several years. She also worked during the winter months at the Donaldson Funeral Home for 16 years. She was an artist who truly enjoyed painting and was a member of the Massena Artist Association. She also enjoyed traveling, gardening, and playing with her grandchildren. Kay was always well liked and respected by everyone who knew her. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and a member of the LCBA, Massena Grange #704, the Home Bureau, and the Massena Senior Citizens.
Kay is survived by her four children and their spouses, Kathleen S. and Russell Jeffery of Nicholville, Murland J. and Sue Lowell of Crafton, MD, Daniel A. and Debbie Lowell of Austin, TX and James E. and Cissy Lowell of Seminole, FL; five grandchildren, Annette Burns and her husband, Leo of Baldwinsville, Sam Jeffery and his wife, Carrie, of Caledonia, Jennifer Jeffery of Syracuse, Kathy Harrison and her husband, Jacob of Ames, IO and Daniel Lowell of Chicago, IL; four great grandchildren, Ted Griese currently a student at New Paltz, Autumn Jeffery of Caledonia, Nolan and Macaela Burns of Baldwinsville; two sisters, Donalda Rowe of St. Joseph, MI and Sister M. Teresita, SSJ, of London, Ontario, Canada; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her two brothers, William and James F. Kennedy.
Friends may call Sunday 6-8 p.m. at the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Rev. J. Michael Gaffney, celebrating. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Massena.
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to St. Mary’s/St. Joseph’s Church Memorial Fund, Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, or a local rescue squad of one’s choice.
Condolences may be made online at www.donaldsonfh.com