Mary Alma Lowder

Mary Alma Lowder was born December 17, 1923 in Sayre, Oklahoma to Catherine (Culver) and T.J. Vernon. She passed away June 1, 2019 at Sayre, Oklahoma at the age of 95 years, 5 months and 15 days.  

Mary grew up in the New Liberty community where she attended school until her junior year when she came to Sayre graduating in 1940. After graduation she obtained employment as a telephone operator and was later married to Roy Lowder on November 22, 1941 in Sayre, Oklahoma. Mary stayed with her parents in Sayre while Roy was in the armed forces. In 1942 they moved to Richmond, California where Mary remained working as a telephone operator and started their family. In 1948 they returned to Sayre until 1951 when they moved to Jal, New Mexico and later Andrews, Texas. Following Roy's job they found their life taking them to Denver City, Texas in 1953 where they had their second child. In 1960, Mary attended South Plains Junior College and began her teaching career at Denver City and McLean. She continued her education, while still teaching, at Texas Tech University where she graduated with her bachelors degree in elementary education. Mary and Roy moved back to Sayre in 1979 and she continued to teach at McLean, Texas until her retirement in 1983. After her retirement Mary and Roy enjoyed their time on the farm and also collecting fossils, oil painting, knitting, sewing, crocheting and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by parents, husband, 2 sisters, Lorene Copenhaver and Leila Lowder and 1 brother, Hubert Vernon.  

She is survived by her sons, Dennis Lowder and wife, Jan, Sayre, OK and Fred Lowder and wife, Susan, Amarillo, TX; 8 grandchildren, Kevin Lowder, Amy Silk, Jim Hearn, Devin Hearn, Christy Bell, Don Lowder, David Lowder and D'Ann Craddock; 22 great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services will be held Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 1:00 PM at Lone Oak Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Lone Oak Cemetery under the direction of Rose Chapel Funeral Service. Condolences can be made online at    

The Beckham County Record

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Sayre, OK 73662
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Elk City, OK 73644
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