by Melody Metzger

GOLDEN CITY-Barbara Ann Lowry, 82, passed away on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at Mercy hospital in Joplin, Mo.

Born in Afton, Oklahoma on December 14, 1932, Barbara was the first child of Vinca and Melvin Ziegler. Much of Barbaras childhood was spent in Lees Summit, MO where she met and married her high school sweetheart William Lowry (Bill). Barbara and Bill were married in Clinton, Mo on March 21, 1950 and started their family, which soon become a very busy household of four girls.

For many years, the family spent weekends at the lake. Quite often in addition to the four daughters, there would an additional child or two included in the group. Neighbors, nieces and nephews, would be invited to come along. We would have a great time, boating, water skiing, and fishing. On Monday morning she would clean it all up and we would be ready to go again by Friday when Bill came home from work.

After the Grandchildren started arriving, Barbara and Bill moved to Arcola, Mo near Stockton Lake. Every weekend the house would fill with friends and family. Fishing, waterskiing, gardening, riding the 4 wheeler were always on the agenda.

After moving to Golden City, MO Barbara and Bill joined the Lions club where she developed long lasting friendships. Barbara held numerous offices including President and Secretary. She enjoyed playing Santa Clause in the Winter parade, and helping with the Lions Club fish fry.

Barbara loved the outdoors and would spend hours reading on her front porch, enjoying her flowers and feeding the birds. She loved to travel and took many vacations across the country on the back of a Gold Wing motorcycle or in their motorhome.

Barbara is survived by her husband of 65 years, Bill; her daughters Lynn Costigan of Stockton , MO; Debbie Hudnall of Independence, MO; Brenda Hart Stanton of Napoleon, MO and Bobbie Jo Marble of Oak Grove, MO. She is survived by her siblings Jay Ziegler, Oxford, Maine, Norma Smith of Chandler, Arizona and Donna Tyler of Oswego, Kansas, 10 Grandchildren, 29 Great Grandchildren and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents Vinca and Melvin Ziegler.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Susan G. Koman Fund for breast cancer research.

Services will be held at the First Christian Church in Golden City, MO on Saturday, May 2, with a Celebration of Life Dinner after the service. She was loved by all and will be greatly missed.