Patti A. Lowden

January 2, 1949October 3, 2021

Patti A. Lowden, also known as “Podium Patti” because of her frequent awards competing in a wide variety of sports, completed her final race on October 3, 2021.

Born on January 2, 1949 in Queens, NY she was the daughter of the late Jean Lehnbeuter and Dale Anderson. Patti moved to Fort Lauderdale Florida when she was 3 years old which is where she lived until after college at the University of Missouri.

Growing up in Fort Lauderdale meant a lot of time was spent with friends at the beach which is where she met her husband Kenneth W. Lowden. Patti and Ken were married at Second Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale on August 23, 1969 then moved to Wilmington, Delaware to begin Ken’s 35-year career with DuPont. Ken and Patti just celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary.

Patti and Ken’s dream of having a family came true with the arrival of their son Kenneth A. Lowden (Kal) in July, 1973. Then their daughter Shelby Lowden Taylor in June, 1975. Three grandchildren added joy to Patti’s life every day; Kenneth B. Lowden (Brody) , Kaylie Lowden and Wade Taylor.

After moving to Lexington, SC over 21 years ago Patti worked at Grace Animal Hospital in Lexington SC, and trained her own show dogs. Then became a dog trainer and member of the Board of Directors for the Greater Columbia Obedience Club. Patti’s love for animals and especially her dogs started with her first puppy at age 6. Seldom during her entire life did she not have a fur kid or two in her home.

It was here in South Carolina that Patti became known as “Podium Patti.” It started with running races from 5k to a 26.2 mile marathon. Time and time again you would hear Patti’s name calling her to the podium as an age group winner. Patti was a determined competitor. Especially in Columbia Running Club Tour races where she was very proud of earning the annual series award many years as Female 60-64, 65 - 69 and Senior Master’s Grand Champion.

Patti had the courage to try new things and the unique ability to quickly learn, excel and “Podium” in many sports. Included were dog shows, running, triathlons, stand-up paddle board racing and her latest new sport pickleball.

Patti set an incredible example of Courage, Strength and Love in all aspects of her life. Especially during her treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukemia over the past four and a half months.

Patti was preceded in death by her sister Wendy Lash and brother Kurt Lehnbeuter.

A “Celebration of a Life Well Lived” will be held on October 9, 2021 at 2:00 pm at Dunbar Funeral Home, 3926 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205.

The family would like to thank the many people who lifted Patti up in their prayers and surrounded her in their love and support. Including Patti’s Squad, The Columbia Running Club, Lake Murray Paddle Club, The Jewel Tri, Spence’s Point Pickleball Players, The YMCA, longtime friends from across the country, Lutheran Hospice and especially her primary care physician Dr John Gould III.

Go in peace, grace and comfort Patti Lowden - You have crossed the finish line and today is a good day for a good day.


  • Celebration of a Life Well Lived

    Saturday, October 9, 2021



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Kathy Evans

October 9, 2021

I knew Patti from the Greater Columbia Obedience club. She was instrumental in helping us move from the downtown garage for classes to an indoor heated building. She was always smiling and always had a kind word about people. I remember when she adopted Spirit and was saddened to hear about Spirit’s passing. Little did I know Patti would be so close behind. I followed her on Facebook and was amazed at her athletic achievements. I know she will be missed by so many. Prayers go up for her family. I know it has been a devastating loss.

Steven Auld

October 9, 2021

I treasure my running years with Ken and Patti. You both brought joy to many with your positive view of life and your very evident love of life. Patti will not be forgotten… she loved and was loved by many. Ken and Patti simply make and made life better for many of us… thank you Patti ..

Lowden Angel

October 9, 2021

My heart and thoughts are with you and your family today Uncle Ken. Blessings to you all that only happy memories and joy be felt by everyone as you celebrate the wonderful life journey of your devoted and loving sweetheart.

Yours truly,
Angel Lowden

Shelley Smith

October 8, 2021

I remember when Patti came on the Greater Columbia Obedience Club scene so many years ago. She and her beloved cocker spaniel. What a team the two of them made; I don't think a dog has been more adored than hers.
So very, very sorry to hear this sad news. The world has lost a bright light.

Bill Byrd

October 8, 2021

Ken, so sorry to hear of Patti's passing. You are both in our heart's and prayer's.

Yadi Benoit

October 7, 2021

I am so thankful for having the opportunity of meeting you. It was an honor being your nurse. You will hold a special place in my heart forever. Thank you for being such an amazing human being. Thank you for all the great jokes!

Mark Bedenbaugh

October 7, 2021

So sad to hear of the passing of Patti. She was one of the original members of our Training Groups at Strictly Running. We had a nickname for the group of ladies that trained and raced to together and I have always thought it was very appropriate. Team Peace, Love and Joy! I hope those nice memories will bring just that to her husband Ken and all of her family and friends.

Bill and Holly Kester

October 7, 2021

Few words, deep thoughts, sincere sympathy for Ken and family at this difficult time. Patti's indomitable spirit set an example for all of us.

Holly and Bill Kester, Pendleton, SC

Patty Laubaugh

October 7, 2021

Rest In Peace, my sweet friend. I will always cherish my fun memories, from our 50+ years of friendship.
I will miss you, Patti, with an “i”
Love you,
Patty with a “y”

kimberly Olson

October 6, 2021

happy memories of Columbus the mule
we found in the woods and our graduation trip to the Bahamas, getting smashed soon as we hit international waters, our ski trip when you visited Evergreen, Co., our barefoot "sword fight" atop Dale's dining room table in Chicago, heeling off the C-scow on Lake Delevan...and I was thinking about you just yesterday...never slow down beautiful spirit...Ken & all love you so