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May 1980

Lois Margaret Lowe died suddenly on Thursday, 10th April, aged 55 years. A memorial service was held in Mapperley Church at 11.00a.m. on Wednesday, 16th April conducted by the Rev. W. Gregory and attended by members of her family, the schoolchildren, representatives of the Education Authority and friends. The service of cremation was at Markeaton and again conducted by the Rev. W. Gregory and was attended by members of the family and representatives from local schools and close friends.

Lois came as Headmistress to Mapperley Village in Sept. 1970, and from that date she educated the children and became a vital part of the community. But more than that she gave to the children a Christian foundation for their future lives. She taught them to care for others. She taught them to share with all others. She made them aware of all the good things in the world around us. Her school though small, was alive, and in addition to normal school activities, many social and leisure pursuits were shared by children and parents alike. It became more like a family, and indeed one ex-pupil has said "Mrs. Lowe was more like a mother than a teacher". Lois loved her children, pupils past and present, and they responded with love and respect for her. In return she asked only that they take their love and understanding out into the world with them.  This then was the Lois we all knew, loving and friendly to all.

I knew Lois as a friend, parent and school manager. My fellow school manager the Rev. Frank Smith, was away at this time, but together with all of us, friends far and wide, he sends his sympathy to Stan Lowe and Mrs. Lowe's immediate family in their sad loss. But I thank God that we had the privilege of having as tutor and friend ONE LOIS MARGARET LOWE.   

Bill Skinner


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