Frances M Lowry

June 27, 1918November 5, 2018

Frances Marie Lowry, age 100, of Houston, Texas, passed away peacefully on November 5, 2018. She will be missed as the matriarch of her very large and devoted family.

Frances was born June 27, 1918, in North Platte, Nebraska. She was one of two children born to Henry Fletcher Anderton and Lula Kathryn Norris. After losing her mother at an early age, she and her brother, Alvin “Andy” Anderton, moved often between their Anderton and Norris relatives located in the states of Kansas and Missouri.

In St. Joseph, Missouri, Frances met and married Earl “Larry” Gooding Lowry. With two small children, Frances and E.G. moved to the Houston area in the early 1940’s. There they founded the E. G. Lowry Construction Company. E. G.’ s motto: he would make the living, and Frances would make it worthwhile. Both were quite successful in their endeavors. Frances devoted her time and talents to raising her ever-growing family of nine children. She was an accomplished seamstress and the creator of countless Easter dresses, dance costumes, and prom dresses for her six daughters. As her family grew, and with a construction company at her service, she used her artistic talents to expand and remodel her residences. She hosted many family gatherings at home and at their beloved house on Lake Livingston. Her family has fond memories of spending summers together at the lake competing at the yearly Family Olympics, along with days spent water skiing and fishing on the pier. After becoming a widow in 1982, she traveled extensively, took up oil painting, and played golf and bridge with life-long and new friends.

Frances was a devout Roman Catholic and a member of several Houston parishes throughout her life. She was a Lady of the Holy Sepulchre, a member of St. Cecilia’s Women’s Club, and The Charity Guild of Catholic Women, where she happily worked with her “Friday Ladies” for many years. Frances enjoyed many bridge groups and her beloved SAQ friends. She lived independently, continuing her love of reading, gardening, needlework and bridge. Upon moving to assisted living at age ninety-six, she introduced several fellow residents to the game of bridge and could be found daily in the exercise room.

She was predeceased by her parents, husband, Earl Gooding Lowry in 1982, sons, Jerald Wayne Lowry in 2017, John Patrick Lowry in 1981, grandson Robert “Robbie” Lowry in 2006 and brother Alvin “Andy” Anderton in 2013.

She is survived by her son Robert Lynn Lowry and wife Louise of Tomball, Texas, Lillis Lowry Fisher and husband Fred of College Station, Texas, Linda Lowry Woodson and husband Jerry of Houston, Texas, Cathy Lowry Knapik and husband Michael of Cypress, Texas, Cindy Lowry Dionne and husband Matthew of Houston, Texas, Beth Lowry Speck and husband David of Houston, Texas and Tina Lowry DeGreene and husband John of Houston, Texas. She is also survived by Sherry Blasingame Lowry of Austin, Texas, mother of Jerry’s sons, and his widow Suggie Longo Lowry and her family of Houston, Texas. Frances was a devoted grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother of twenty-one grandchildren, twenty-seven great grandchildren and seventeen great-great grandchildren.

The funeral liturgy will be held Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 10:00 a.m. at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church. Reception immediately follows the liturgy in the community center. Rite of Committal will be a private, family service.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Heart to Heart Hospice, The Religious of the Sacred Heart, The Religious of the Cenacle, or St. Thomas High School.


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, November 20, 2018

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Bridget Collins

December 23, 2018

What a wonderful tribute to an incredible woman. I was truly blessed to have known her.

Gloria Vocelka

November 16, 2018

Cathy, Cindy, Beth and rest of the Lowry family,
I'm sorry to read about the passing of your beautiful Mom. She truly had a full life and now joins your Dad and I bet she and Helen Christian have already started a bridge group. May your Mother rest in peace and may your family keep her memory alive with all your stories. May all your family feel the loving arms of Christ leading you thru this difficult time.

Peace and Serenity
Jay & Gloria Cykala Vocelka

Roseanne Jensen

November 16, 2018

Dear Lillis & Family,
I am so sorry to hear about your Mother. She was a very sweet lady and I know you all will miss her.
My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
May she Rest In Peace.

Roseanne (Sedita) Jensen
Austin, Texas