Obituary: Mary Lowman

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Mary Lowman, 87, of Las Vegas, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, after a long fight with cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family.

Mary was a vibrant community contributor. In 2005 she was honored in the Las Vegas Art Museum show, “100 Years of Influence: Women Who Shaped Las Vegas.” She was vice chair of the Greater Las Vegas Board of Realtors in the 1980s and served on several of its committees.

She was president of the Frontier Girl Scout Council and continued to be active during her long tenure as a member of the council board. She served on the regional and national governing boards for the Girl Scouts of America in the 1970s.

She served in various leadership roles in the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, specifically the Las Vegas Mesquite Club but also at the regional, national and international federation board level. She was instrumental in the effort to prevent drug abuse and assist those suffering from it as the founding president of the Southern Nevada Drug Abuse Council in 1971.

Mary was active in the First Presbyterian Church and broke gender barriers when ordained as an elder of the Presbyterian Church in the 1960s. She focused efforts on education and youth and was the organizing chair of the Academy, which has evolved to be Cornerstone Christian Academy today.

Mary and her husband Zel, who predeceased her in 2006, were often recognized for their contributions to family values. In 1993, the Clark County School District named the Mary and Zel Lowman Elementary School to honor them both.

In 1989, she was awarded the Thanks Badge II for her service to Girl Scouts. In 1970, she was named Mother of the Year for Nevada by the American Mothers Committee. In 1964, Mary was named the Outstanding Woman in Home and Community by the Las Vegas Campfire Girls. In 1960, the Lowmans were named the All American Family of Nevada as part of a national search for the all-American family.

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