NORTH WOODSTOCK - During the early hours of Nov. 6, 2013, the N.H. North Country lost one of its most beloved public school teachers, a recipient of the town of Lincoln Boston Post Cane and the citizen to whom the town of Woodstock dedicated its 2011 Town Report. Elizabeth Adelaide Chase Lowden, longtime resident of North Woodstock and Lincoln, passed away two months shy of her 102nd birthday at Lafayette Center, Franconia.
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Betty Lowden is survived by her five children, Judith and Hal Hart (Battle Ground, Wash.), Philip Lowden and Ruth Rasmussen (Bellingham, Wash.), Carol Lowden and Ken Chapman (Woodstock), Sue and David Driscoll (Littleton), and Merrill Lowden (Haines, Alaska); nine grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren. She is also survived by many students whom she taught over the course of her long teaching career.
Betty Lowden was born in Wentworth on Dec. 31, 1911, to Walter E. and Mary Belle Chase. Betty worked her way through Plymouth Normal School and graduated in 1934. Betty started her teaching career in Lincoln, and subsequently taught in Franconia, North Woodstock, and Thornton.
Soon after she started teaching in Lincoln, Betty met her future husband, Phil Lowden, proprietor of Lowden's IGA Market in North Woodstock. The two were married in 1937, and proceeded to raise five children in their Courtney Road home, currently operated as the Wilderness Inn. After their children were raised, and upon retirement, she and Phil loved road trips to Alaska to visit family living there. They drove on 12 trips before Phil's death in 1994. Even after Phil died, Betty made several journeys to Southeast Alaska and Washington state to visit family.
During her declining years spent at Lafayette Center, Betty was a popular resident, visited by family, friends, and a great many of her former students. She motivated her children, as well as her school students, to be curious, pursue knowledge, and spread their wings.
services: Visiting hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at the Hale-Fournier Funeral Home, Main Street, North Woodstock. Funeral Service: Monday, Nov. 11, 1 p.m. at the Pemi Valley Church, Route 3, Woodstock, led by the Rev. John Muehlke.
Reception will follow. An online guestbook is at www.fournier-hale.com.
Fournier-Hale Funeral Home - North Woodstock
144 Main Street
North Woodstock, NH 03262
Published in Union Leader on Nov. 8, 2013