John M. Taylor Funeral Home

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Shirley M Lowe

January 29, 1934June 13, 2020

Shirley Mae Lowe (29 January 1934 – 13 June 2020) died peacefully at her home in Severna Park, Maryland. Born in Groveland, Massachusetts to Lloyd and Bessie Graves, she was raised in Lynn, Massachusetts with her two sisters Gail (deceased) and Linda. There she met and married her childhood sweetheart, Stephen D. Lowe. They were married for over 47 years until Stephen’s passing in 2003. A graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt), she was an accomplished artist, teacher, world traveler and mother to three children. Affectionately known to her family as “Motherbird,” she was a warm and outgoing person, frequently engaging strangers in conversations about themselves and taking great interest in their stories. An accomplished singer, she sang in the church choir and passed her gift of singing to her two granddaughters (Emily and Darla). Shirley loved gourmet food and especially enjoyed experiencing good restaurants and wine with family and friends. As a dedicated military wife, Shirley made homes for her family wherever she accompanied her husband to numerous assignments in New York, Florida, Louisiana, California, Virginia, Maryland and Spain. Upon retirement from military, she and her husband continued to move to live in Washington, Ohio, Connecticut, and Maryland. When they finally retired, they chose to settle in the Annapolis, Maryland area where they went to USNA football games, concerts and social events. Shirley is survived by her sister Linda, late sister Gail’s husband Roger, daughter Susan (Andy) and sons Douglas (Donna) and Russell (Helen), nephew Lloyd and nieces, Wendy, Trudi, Sheila and Stephanie. She also leaves as her legacy grandchildren Alex, Emily, Patrick, Colin, Darla, Dan (Angela) and Katie (Craig). Shirley was fortunate to share time with her 3 great grandchildren, Connor, Crosby and Kiara. A celebration will be held at a later date at the John M. Taylor Funeral Home in Annapolis, Maryland. Please check back to this page for updated service information. Shirley will be laid to rest with her husband in Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Audubon Society at https://www.audubon.org


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Linda Stead

June 18, 2020

I am going to miss my"big" sister. She is ten years older than I. I have always looked up to her as I watched her through the years. Too many memories at different times. I am going to miss our chats,our times together and I thank God for the gift of a "big" sister. Rest in peace, Shirl, you had a good full life

Shelly Martin

June 16, 2020

The first time I met Shirley, I stayed overnight in her home. I marveled at the art on the walls-much of it hers. Over the years, I came to appreciate her sense of humor and love of life. She loved her family and the occasional glass of red wine. I hope she is raising a glass now with her husband and I know she will live on in the hearts and memories of all who knew her.