BENKELMAN -- Lucille Elizabeth (Farrell) Lowe, 91, died Thursday (Nov. 19, 2009), at the Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman.
She was born May 13, 1918, to Charlie and Lucy Farrell in Republican City, on her grandparents' farm. She was the oldest of three brothers and two sisters. One sister and one brother died as infants. She went to school in Riverton and graduated the eighth grade. After eighth grade, she worked as a babysitter.
At the age of 17, she moved with her parents and family to Bird City.
On May 6, 1937, she married Chester "Bud" Lowe. The couple worked on John Leech's farm until they moved to Benkelman in 1939. Bud was called to the service during World War II where he served overseas. During those years, she went to stay with her sister, Arvena Trout, in Washington state and worked in the canneries and other odd jobs to help support the family.
She worked at Hester Memorial Home as a nurse's aide for 17 ½ years. Later she worked cleaning houses and helped Ruth Richards at her daycare part-time. She also volunteered at the Dundy County Senior Center.
Lucille was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Bud; three brothers; two sisters; and an infant son, Galen Lee. Survivors include her children Gleannys and husband, Burdette Geihsler of Benkelman, H.W. Pete Lowe of North Platte, Harold and wife, Jeanie Lowe of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Ed and wife, Cindy Lowe of Grant; 11 grandchildren: 23 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren
Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman, with Bob Holland officiating. Interment will follow services at noon (CST) at the Bird City Cemetery in Bird City.
Visitation is today, 2-5 p.m. (MST) at the funeral chapel.
Memorials be given to the Dundy County Senior Center, P.O. Box 409, Benkelman, NE 69021.
Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman is in charge of arrangements.