Sadie Alice Lowrey
October 2, 1921 – December 11, 2014
Reverend Sadie Alice Packard Lowrey, 93, passed peacefully on December 11, 2014. She was born in Albion, Nebraska on October 2, 1921, and moved to Los Angeles with her parents in 1929. After high school, she felt called to serve the Lord and attended Northwest Christian College in Eugene, Oregon, where she met and married her husband, the Reverend Les Lowrey.
In 1965, Revs. Lowrey were appointed by the United Christian Missionary Society, a predecessor mission body of what today is Global Ministries, to serve one year at the Okinawa Christian Institute. While there, not only did Sadie teach English, she spent many evenings teaching cooking skills and planning and participating in Okinawan customs and celebrations. To quote Sadie and Les, We are needed and we like it here. So they stayed an extra year, returning to Washington in 1967.
For more than 50 years Sadie served congregations of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Oregon, Indiana, California, Washington, Idaho and Arizona. Sadie taught Sunday Schools, ran Youth Groups, directed Vacation Bible School, accompanied choirs, and led Women's Groups. Sadie also worked as a librarian in California and was selected as county Employee of the Year. Her favorite job was serving as the Executive Director of the Idaho Ecumenical Association.
Sadie Alice Packard Lowrey is survived by her beloved husband of 72 years, Walter Leslie Lowrey; her three daughters Candace Donnelly (James), Janna Merrick, and Jean Mills (Robert); five grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Reverend Sadie Lowrey HAGAR fund "Helping Abused Grow and Recover". Please make checks payable to Arizona Disciples Women's Ministries (DWM), including a note “HAGAR/Sadie” sent to: AZ Regional Office, Christian Church in Arizona, 917 E. Sheridan Street, Phoenix, AZ 85006.
Condolences may be sent to her husband, Reverend W. Leslie Lowrey, 2002 West Sunnyside Drive, GH9, Phoenix, AZ 85029.