Pauline “Pat” Ann Lowry Dwyer Obituary

Pauline “Pat” Ann Lowry Dwyer, 78, passed away peacefully in the arms of her only son on Saturday morning October 15, 2022 at St. Francis Hospital in Topeka, KS after a courageous battle with cancer.

Pat was born April 21, 1944 to Pauline Shepherd Lowry and James Dewey Poore and grew up in Miami, Florida. Early in her high school years, Pat began attending party favors and debutante balls where she eventually met her first husband and father of her only child. She graduated from Miami High School in 1962. Pat began her college career at Miami Dade Community College with an Associate of Arts degree in education, then earned her BA in education from the University of Miami in 1966. At the University of Miami, she was a member of the Chi Omega sorority. In 1979, she received her master’s degree in educational psychology and counseling from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

Pat pursued a career as a teacher and loved serving children through interactive education beginning in Miami, then Colorado, Kansas, Nevada and finally retiring from teaching in Topeka, Kansas , after 35 years. While teaching in Topeka for 25 years, she taught science at Topeka Adventure Center and Williams Magnet School. Pat was honored to be a life member of MENSA and the Prometheus Society for Gifted Intellectuals, while also being a published poet.

During breaks in her teaching career, Pat has also served as director of social services, real estate agent and director of Big Brother/Big Sisters. In fact, the United States Air Force Academy dedicated a Congressional Crest and a formal Eagle Award to him and the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Colorado Springs.

In retirement, Pat continued to work part-time in customer service and home care because she enjoyed helping others. In addition to working part-time, Pat enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, family, friends, writing poetry, reading, doing science, science fiction, geology and paleontology. .

Pat had a bright and energetic personality, was extremely outgoing and willing to try anything once. She was known for her generosity, compassion and love for others and had a sixth sense for knowing when someone needed help. She was selfless in her giving and her love for others, which really defined who Pat really was as a person. At one point in her life, she was supporting over 20 charities a month because she felt so compelled. Pat touched so many lives directly and indirectly with his infectious smile, laughter, love, generosity and passion for life. She will be loved and missed forever!

Pat is survived by his only son, Ed “Shep” Lowry and daughter-in-law, Kristine Lowry of Franklin, TN, grandchildren, Christian Lowry of Franklin, TN, Kaitlyn Lowry of Colorado Springs, CO, Matthew Lowry of Franklin , TN and Robert Steck of Chapman, KS, sister, Marion Hawks of Topeka, KS, nephew Curtis Hawks of Omaha, NE and niece, Heather Noyes of Topeka, KS. She is predeceased by her mother, Pauline Lowry, her father, James Poore, her uncle, Ed Lowry, her grandsons Scotty Lowry and Luke Lowry, and her granddaughter Faith Lowry.

Family and friends are invited to attend his funeral at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home, 10th & Lane on Friday, November 4, 2022. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. with the service beginning at 2:00 p.m. followed by a dessert reception to honor the Pat’s life.

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Posted on October 21, 2022

Posted in Topeka Capital Journal

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