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Betty L. Lowrey
Betty Lowrey
Betty L. Lowrey, 1927-2014

Betty L. Lowrey, age 86 years, of Hillsboro, passed away on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Milestone Senior Living in Hillsboro.

She was born on June 2, 1927 to Alton and Bessie (Parkhurst) Parr in LaFarge, Wis., where she grew to adulthood and graduated from high school.  Betty was united in marriage to Leo Lowrey at her parents’ home on April 21, 1946.  They lived at Ontario where they farmed; in 1962 they moved to Hillsboro, where they made their home.  Leo preceded her in death on Dec. 19, 1998.

Betty and Leo were lifelong Hillsboro Wesleyan Church members.  They worked tirelessly to help build the church addition.  She was a Sunday School teacher, missionary leader and helped run the church kitchen.  Betty worked in different places in Hillsboro, including the Hillsboro Parachute Factory, Eder’s Bakery, Warner Creek Cheese Store and Egstad’s Ben Franklin.  Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were the loves of her life.  She enjoyed quilting with her church friends and continually knit booties for everyone.

Survivors include her children, Wayne (Janet) Lowrey of Bluffton, Ind., Michael (Sheri) Lowrey of Winslow, Ill., Kay (Dennis) Miller of Hillsboro, Vicki (Neil) Sanders of Hillsboro, Ron (Sandy) Lowrey of Hillsboro and Bev (Eric) Swan of Hayward; numerous Grandkids; brother, Robert (Monica) Parr of Janesville; and sisters-in-law, Lucille Lowrey of Sun Prairie and Donna Lowrey of LaCrosse.  In addition to her husband, Leo, she was preceded in death by many family members.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Hillsboro Wesleyan Church with Rev. Roger Miller officiating.  Burial was in the Mount Vernon Cemetery in Hillsboro.  Friends called at the Picha Funeral Home in Hillsboro on Friday from 4-7 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 1-2 p.m.  For online information go to

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hillsboro Wesleyan Church or Milestone Senior Living in Hillsboro.
Thank you to Bobbi Richardson and the staff of Milestone Senior Living, Home Health United, Dr. Lea Cornell, and Rev. Miller and the Hillsboro Wesleyan Church.