Elizabeth Rose "Betty" Lowe

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HAMILTON, Ill. -- Elizabeth Rose "Betty" Lowe, 86, of Hamilton, died at 6:12 a.m. Friday (Feb. 7, 2014) in her home in Hamilton.

Betty was born on Sept. 14, 1927, in Detroit, Mich., a daughter of Henry C. and Beulah Deusenberry Herbert.

She married William Franklin Lowe in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Nauvoo on Aug. 16, 1944. He died on Sept. 26, 2012.

Betty attended St. Mary's Academy in Nauvoo. Betty was an avid collector, collecting "Betty Boop" figurines, Tin Lizzie vintage automobile models, decanters with various themes, and other meaningful items.

Frank and Betty had a very full life together. Betty's family was the center of her life. She enjoyed many activities, including boating on the Mississippi River, participating in the yearly Nauvoo Grape Festival, and sharing her homemade sweets, especially shortcake with strawberries, lemonade and doughnuts.

Betty often took the littlest children in her charge, creating an unexplainable bond that she and the children embraced.

Betty and Frank were experienced dancers, excelling in square, country and swing dancing. They traveled the Tri-state area, meeting dear friends and spending afternoons and evenings dancing and visiting.

She was an active member of the Western Illinois Threshers. She was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Nauvoo, where she had been active in the Altar and Rosary Society.

Survivors include six children, Donald Eugene (Debbie) Lowe of Carthage, Linda "Lynn" (Brad) Buckley of Fort Madison, Iowa, Mary Kathryn "Kathy" (and fiancé, Gary Rea) Rewis of Montrose, Iowa, Judith Ann (Steve) Guedesse of Hamilton, Kent Herbert Lowe of Hamilton and Rebecca "Becky" (Jim) Reneau of Hamilton; 17 grandchildren, Missy, Dawn, Tammy, Tina, Tami, Scott, Corey, Clint, Craig, Chad, Sara, Kimberly, Jennifer, Jenna, Ryan, Heather and Brent; 46 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; sisters in-law, Marion Herbert of Detroit, Mich., and Wilma Raymond of Quincy; and special friends, Leo and Clara Bollin and Lester and Frances Markey.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; a great-grandson, Mitch Stuekerjuergen; twin great-granddaughters, Mary Ann and Angela Marie Barker; brothers, Maurice Herbert and Don Herbert; brothers-in-law, Harold Raymond, Roy Heberer and Virgil Lowe; and sisters-in-law, Ruth Herbert and Audrey Heberer.

SERVICES: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Nauvoo with the Rev. Tom Szydlik as celebrant. Burial will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery, Hamilton.

VISITATION: after 3 p.m. Tuesday in the Lamporte-St. Clair Funeral Home, Hamilton. Family will be present from 5 to 8 p.m. A rosary will be prayed at 8 p.m. in the funeral home.

MEMORIALS: Sherrick's Home Health, Hancock County Blessing Hospice, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or Western Illinois Threshers.

ARRANGEMENTS: Lamporte-St. Clair Funeral Home, Hamilton.

WEBSITE: www.lamportefuneralhomes.com.

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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Feb. 9 to Feb. 11, 2014
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