Idaho State Journal, 09/27/12
GRACE — On the beautiful morning of September 25, 2012, our loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, Winona Lundgren Lowe, passed peacefully into eternity at the home of her daughter, Sandy, in Pocatello, Idaho. She was 96 years old. Winona was born June 4, 1916, in Monroe, Utah, the Peter Charles and Louine Staker Lundgren. She had a happy childhood with her older brother, Grant, younger brother, Joe, and two sisters, Lucille and Norma. Her father was a fine farmer, but his loss to spinal meningitis when she was only 12 years old was a serious blow to the family, which brought not only a deep sadness but also the loss of their sense of security, and her mother struggled to provide for them following his passing.
After graduating from high school, she moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1934, where she lived with her aunt and worked as a house maid for about two years.
While there, she met her future husband, Harold Burton Lowe, at the LDS Adams Ward Church. After a brief courtship, they were sealed for time and all eternity on June 15, 1937, in the Salt Lake Temple.
In 1939, the newlyweds settled in Grace, Idaho, Harold’s hometown, where they lived for all of their married life and raised their family. They adopted their oldest daughter, Mary Ann, in November of 1951. In 1965, they also adopted Lief Jon, Christian Charles and Sandra Marie. Her children know that she accomplished one of her early goals by being a good mother. She was the best.
Harold worked his family’s farm and served as mayor of the city of Grace for 25 years. In addition to being a housewife and mother, Winona was a reporter for the Caribou County Sun for around 20 years, fulfilling another of her early aspirations to be a writer. She started the position in 1972, when her husband arranged it for her, because he had always been proud of her writing skill and wanted her to have a chance to put it to use.
She was active in her church and served in various positions, including Relief Society president for eight years.
Winona was always goodnatured and known for her sense of humor, though she had a tendency to worry too much about her loved ones. Those who were lucky enough to be among her family and friends were blessed with her unconditional love. Her care extended to animals, and her many pets over the years were considered to be part of the family. She loved music, genealogy and enjoyed gardening when she was younger and was an avid reader for all of her life, often sharing what she learned and using her substantial vocabulary.
She will be greatly missed.
Winona was preceded in death by her husband, Harold, her son, Christian, her brothers, Grant, Calvin, Ernest, Joseph, and a sister, Lucille Curtis. She is survived by her sister, Norma Jensen of Monroe, Utah; her daughters, Mary Ann of Los Angeles, California, and Sandy Lowe-Becker (Darren) of Pocatello, Idaho; her son, Lief Jon of Las Vegas, Nevada; her grandchildren, Amada Spohn, Samantha Thornock and Dylan Croney and her great-granddaughter, Chyenne Johns.
Services will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2012, in the Grace LDS Stake Center at noon with viewing from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations be sent to the Sims Funeral Home.
Services are under the direction of the Sims Funeral Home. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family online at www.simsfh