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Lowe, Gertrude M.
Aug. 6, 1918 - Dec. 30, 2012
Ella Gertrude Morgan Lowe of Sarasota died on Sunday, December 30, 2012. Born on August 6, 1918 in Clyo, Georgia, she was the daughter of Quinton A. and Julia Tebeau Morgan. She was a descendant of Civil War veteran C. L. Gnann, whose family was part of the Salzburger migration to Georgia in 1733.
Her family moved to Sarasota in 1925, where Gertrude graduated from Sarasota High. She then attended Standard Hair School in Savannah, GA, where she received her diploma on February 19, 1937.
On March 13, 1938, Gertrude Morgan married William Lecount Lowe, also deceased. In 1960 they moved to McIntosh Ave. and North Lake Dr. in Sherwood Estates.
Gertrude worked for many years at Clara Mae's Beauty Salon on Orange Avenue. In 1955 she purchased Cleo's Beauty Salon on Fruitville Road. After selling Cleo's, Gertrude continued to serve family and friends in a small salon at her home, and added BeautiControl skin care to her salon services.
A longtime member of First Baptist Church of Sarasota, Gertrude was active in Bible study, Women On Mission, and teaching Sunday School. She was an active member of the Sarasota chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and worked with the D.A.R.'s program to provide college scholarships to deserving young women. As a lifelong Sarasota resident, she was active in the annual Pioneer Day picnic. In later years Gertrude enjoyed international travel, attending theatre performances, playing bridge and collecting paintings by Sarasota area artists.
Gertrude Lowe is survived by her sisters Mildred Weaver and Margaret Summerall of Sarasota and her brother Hilton H. Morgan of Myakka City; her children Patricia Lowe Taylor of Palmetto, Charles L. Lowe of Bradenton, and William L. Lowe Jr. of Milwaukee, WI; her grandchildren Thomas Taylor Jr., Jennifer Taylor Sterling, Charles J. Lowe, Amy Lowe Drumb, Jessica Lowe Whitmire, and Elizabeth Lowe; and six great-grandchildren.
A memorial service and celebration of Gertrude's life has been scheduled for 3:00 pm on Sunday, January 6 at the First Baptist Church in Sarasota.

Published in Herald Tribune from Jan. 3 to Jan. 7, 2013
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