Naomi Yvonne Lowe was born January 21, 1936 to Thomas Alfred Smith and Ruth Ophilia King Smith. She was married to Joe Don Lowe for 58 years. They immediately moved to the Houston, Texas area where they retired then moved back to Missouri to spend their retirement years. They were blessed with a son, Joe Don Lowe Jr. and his wife, Ruth and 5 sons Mick, Clint, Kirk, Nathan, and Desmond and one great grandson, Kelton. Naomi was called Yvonne or Von by her family and her many friends that knew and loved her. She was the first born of the three Smith Sisters, JoEtta Irene (Rene) Greathouse and Verna Elizabeth (Betty) Lorton. She is also survived by many young people who lived with them during their 58 years of marriage. Since there were too many to name them all we will name a few that still go home to the family reunions each year. Misty and Chris Watson and their sons Derek and Drew of St. James, MO. Chris Lowe and his daughters Chelsea of Cabool, MO and Shayla, of Springfield, MO, Elizabeth and Troy Castleman and their children A.J., Alex, and 6 other children of Houston, MO; Thor Kakar and his children, Chole and Jake of Massachusetts, Lou and Michael Zamarron and their children Mikie, Nick, and Alex of Houston, Texas, Mary and her children Chase and Emma of Boonsboro, MD, Collette, Cindy, Sharon and Bubba Lowrey of Texas City, Texas and their families and at least a dozen or so more. All of the family above mentioned and many more will truly miss our Wife, Mom, Nanny, Sister and Friend.
Yvonne knew her calling at a young age when she began taking care of her baby sister (Betty) during the summer months while her Mother, Ruth Smith was furthering her education in Springfield during her teaching career in rural schools throughout Texas County. Yvonne loved babies and children from the beginning. She and her husband Joe received the Foster Parenting Award in 1968. Joe Don brags that he has taught almost as many 16 year old kids how to drive as the driver’s education has.
She also was a business lady while they lived in LaMarque, Texas. She owned and operated the D and L Glass Company in LaMarque, TX and had several rentals that she maintained.
Yvonne loved her flower gardens, playing Spite and Malice with the Ol’ Broads and having her family and friends come by for a cup of coffee and a visit and especially the yearly family reunion with her cousins, kids and grandchildren, and loved ones.
Preceded in death are her parents, grandparents, and a great friend, Woofie Lowrey.
Visitation will be held at 6 PM to 8 PM Thursday, Feb. 23, at Evans Funeral Home. Services will be held Friday, Feb. 24, at 2 PM in the Evans Funeral Chapel followed by graveside service at Union Cemetery on Z Hwy.
It was her request that in lieu of flowers, send donations to Undivided Hearts or the Union Cemetery.