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Flora S. Lowe - 71

2/21/1948 - 12/7/2019

Clinton, IA

     Flora Stith Lowe, age 71 of Clinton, passed away on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at her home.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM in Saturday, December 14, 2019 at the Pape Funeral Home.  Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 PM Friday at the Pape Funeral Home and from 10:00 AM until the service time Saturday at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery.


    Flora was born in Richmond, Virginia on February 22, 1948, the daughter of Gerald K. and Mary (Booth) Stith.  She graduated from John Marshall High School in Richmond.  She received her BA Degree in French from the College of William and Mary and her Master's Degree in Librarianship from Emory University in Atlanta.  Flora married William "Curt" Lowe on June 14, 1969 in Richmond.


    A long term member of the American Library Association, Flora enjoyed a productive career during her 34 years as Library Director at Mt. St. Clare College.  She greatly expanded library holdings in print and electronic resources.  She also played a leading role in fostering cooperation in area libraries on both sides of the river.  Over her years directing the library, Flora particularly treasured her relationships with her student workers many of whom she kept in touch with.  At the time of her retirement the library at Ashford was renamed the Flora S. Lowe Library in her honor.


    Flora knew 7 languages and taught English as a second language.  She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church.  As a former member of St John's Episcopal Church she was a member of the Altar Guild, Daughters of the King and a member of the choir.  She and her husband Curt were avid supporters of Mt. St. Clare, the Franciscan University and Ashford athletics & college events.  They enjoyed traveling, making 4 trips to England and 2 to Italy, one of which was an Assisi Pilgrimage and 3 of which were Ashford travel courses.  She enjoyed reading, genealogy, needle work, knitting and crocheting.


    Flora is survived by her husband Curt and her daughter Elizabeth Lowe of Clinton.  She was preceded in death by her parents and grandson.  In lieu of flowers the family request memorials made to the Alzheimer's Association. 


Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 PM Friday at the Pape Funeral Home and from 10:00 AM until the service time Saturday at the funeral home.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM in Saturday, December 14, 2019 at the Pape Funeral Home.


  • Lynnette Murphy

    on 12/10/19

    Dear Dr. Lowe and family, My sincere sympathies in the loss of Flora. When looking for material for term papers, she would be there to assist. She was an awesome lady of knowledge. Thank you for sharing her with Ashford University as well as me.
  • Mandy Aldridge

    on 12/10/19

    Sincere condolences to Dr. Lowe and family. Flora made a positive impact on many lives and was always a source of encouragement to those around her.

  • David Stedwell

    on 12/10/19

    Sincere condolences on Flora's passing. Her positive impact on countless students lives on, along with memories of countless hours of stimulating conversations. A visit with Flora was always interesting and memorable. My thoughts are with Curt and the family as you deal with your loss. 

  • John Ballheim

    on 12/11/19

    The world is a better place because Flora was here, and those she touched directly while here are undoubtedly better people today because Flora helped us be that way by simply being the person she was.  She always greeted people with a smile, and constantly made an effort to help each of us see the brighter pathways. To Curt especially, my heart, thoughts and prayers are with you. 

  • Lynwood Dent

    on 12/11/19

    Curt, Carol and I offer our deepest sympathies upon Flora's passing. We treasure the time we spent with both of you in Williamsburg, both long ago and more recently, along with our fond memories of you and your parents hosting us at dinner as newly weds and then attending a Braves game with you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Brent Turney

    on 12/11/19

    Dr. Lowe, You have my deepest condolenses on your loss of Flora. She was always there to help in my years at the Mount. Help not just in the Library but in general. As i have lost my wife this year also, take Hope that she is with her God and will always look down upon you.


    Brent Turney

  • Melissa (Doescher) Sweenie

    on 12/12/19


    So sorry to hear of Mrs. Lowe's passing. I graduated in 1997 and I still have wonderful memories of MSC, including many hours in the library. Flora was always there to help and I loved her sense of humor. Prayers to Dr. Lowe and family.


    Melissa Sweenie

  • Lawrence Driscoll

    on 12/12/19

    Curt, Kay and I offer our sincere sympathies on Flora's passing.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Wayne Clugston

    on 12/14/19

    Curt-- Linda and I are remembering you in your loss. Blessings! Flora's inviting smile, love for her library work, and energetic commitment to the college community she had so long served were memorable in the first tour I made of the campus as part of the Ashford University transition. Flora communicated "the spirit of the place"--not just in those introductory moments, but in every subsequent conversation. And on the study tours you and I led in England and Europe, I watched students' engagement "brighten" as Flora shared her insights. A treasured friend.

  • Gail Tatum

    on 12/15/19

    Curt, We are so sorry to learn of Flora’s passing. Although we had not kept in touch over the years, Jim and I fondly remember our tears as roommates with you and Flora at William & Mary. I will always remember her dry wit and that evil sparkle she would get in her eyes while we planned some mischievous escapade. We love you. Jim and Gail Tatum

  • Julie Krainick

    on 12/17/19

    Thought and prayers for your family during this time.

  • Indra Brewer

    on 12/20/19

    Flora was so wonderfully patient and funny.  Flora and Dr. Lowe - a very dear couple.  My sincerest condolences.

  • David Rice

    on 12/27/19

    Judy and I were so sad to learn of Flora's passing.  Our friendship goes back many decades to when Curt and I were grad students in History at Emory University in Atlanta.  We cherish memories of that time, and Flora and Curt are at the center of them.  Although the years led us our separate ways, our affection for Flora and Curt will endure always. 

    David Rice

  • Mark McHugh

    on 01/02/20

    I am truly saddened to hear of Flora's passing, and for you too "Dr. Curt."  My fondest memories of England and our trip there all seem to include you two, and they remain among my favorite recollections of my entire Ashford experience.  Know that you both have a special place in the hearts of all of us who took that trip, and that you, Curt, have our sincerest hopes that you will find comfort in the knowledge that you and Flora will someday be together again in Heaven.  As you well know, she was first and foremost a very patient lady . . . a fact we collectively proved too often during our escapades across The Pond . . .

    She'll wait for you, Curt.  Take comfort in that, My Friend.

  • Amanda Cole

    on 01/02/20

    The Wild Bunch would have never been the Wild Bunch without you both. Flora was a large part of all my favorite England memories! Much love to you and yours Curt, and big hugs. Fly high Flora ❤️. 

  • Cherrie Carnaghi

    on 01/02/20

    To the Lowe family and friends, 


    My heart is broken at her passing.  I was so privileged to have had the opportunity to meet her during a study abroad program at Ashford 2009.  Her humor and delightful personality and warmth towards me was such an honor!  My condolences to you all.  

    With much love and respect, 

    Cherrie Carnaghi

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