Naomi Yvonne Smith Lowe was born Jan. 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 five 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 six 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 Lowry 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, Texas, 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 is 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at Evans Funeral Home.Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at the Evans Funeral Chapel followed by graveside services in Union Cemetery on Highway Z.
It was her request that in lieu of flowers, send donations to Undivided Hearts, P.O. Box 426, Houston, Mo., 65483 or the Union Cemetery.