We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Hartsell Funeral Home - Albemarle
Karen Sue Lowder was born July 4, 1950 and died June 24, 2022. Karen grew up and lived most of her life in her beloved community of Millingport. At the time of her death, she had been a long-term resident of Best of Care Assisted Living in Kannapolis, NC. Karen was the daughter of the late Ray D. Lowder and Dorothy Cline Lowder. She is survived by her sister Shelia Lowder Creswell and brother-in-law Jay S. Creswell, Jr.
Karen enjoyed meeting new people and making new friends, and she was an enthusiastic member of numerous organizations. She was active in the Millingport Home Extension Club and went on to be selected as Stanly County Homemaker of the Year. Her many hours of volunteering earned her the A&P Leadership Award. She was proud to sing in The Singing Americans choir. She earned the Grand Cross of Colors in Rainbow Girls.
Karen loved the Lord, and she was an active member of Salem United Methodist Church until her crippling stroke in 2003. She always attended Sunday School and her Circle Meeting. She sang alto in the choir and volunteered in numerous capacities. She frequently provided transportation to those who couldn’t drive to appointments and meetings, and she delivered meals on wheels.
Karen enjoyed traveling around North Carolina, the United States, and even to Europe. Some of her travel was through being a Stanly Home Products Dealer. She loved interacting with her customers and fellow dealers.
Karen attended Millingport Elementary School and North Stanly High School through tenth grade and graduated from Byton School in Southbury, CT. She attended Brevard College and graduated from Lewis Hotel Motel School in Washington, DC. She excelled in the subjects she loved.
Having been born early on the Fourth of July, Independence Day was her holiday. Red, white, and blue were her colors, and the flag was her flag. In celebration of Karen’s birthday and Karen, funeral guests are invited to bring a patriotic token or birthday card. Her funeral is at 11:00 AM Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at Salem United Methodist Church, Albemarle, NC. There will be visitation an hour beforehand and a reception will follow in the New Fellowship Building.
Memorials may be made in Karen’s memory to Salem United Methodist Church, 20987 NC 73 Hwy, Albemarle, NC 28001.
Karen’s family would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff and management of Best of Care Assisted Living in Kannapolis, NC.
Online condolences may be made at www.hartsellfh.com