Ethel Marie McClamrock Lowder

Published 9:38 am Monday, January 6, 2020

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Mrs. Ethel Marie McClamrock Lowder, 93, of Lowder Lane, Mocksville, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019 at her home.

She was born in Davie County on Jan. 2, 1926 to the late Louis Hubert and Polly Baker McClamrock. Mrs. Lowder was a lifetime member of Oak Grove United Methodist Church and graduated from Mocksville High School Class of ’44. She held a certificate from Draughon’s Business College and retired from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. in the accounting/controller department. She had entered several Powder Puff races at Bowman Gray Stadium from 1956-1958 and was the Powder Puff State Champion in 1956. She also organized and operated “The Goodtimers” square dancing club for more than 20 years. She enjoyed flowers, plants and birds. Mrs. Lowder lived her life to the fullest and was known for spreading joy whether it was in a nursing home, senior services or a parade. Her motto was “Smile and pass it on.”

She was also preceded in death by: her husband of 20 years, William Anthony “Tony” Lowder; and 2 brothers, Gilmer “Buddy” Hubert McClamrock and Robert “Bobby” Gilmer McClamrock.

Survivors: 2 children, Merilyn Elaine Tesh (Larry), of Winston-Salem, and Danny Wayne Gore (Carol), of Tennessee; a granddaughter, Merilyn Michelle Ali of Winston-Salem; and 3 great-grandchildren, Anthony “Tony” C. Beaver, Michael E. Beaver and Merilyn Alicia Beaver.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6 at Eaton Funeral Chapel with the Revs. Dan Nelson and James Newsome officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family received friends from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5 at Eaton Funeral Home.

Memorials: Trellis Supportive Care, 377 Hospital St., Ste. 103, Mocksville.