Mary Joan McLemore Lowery

     Mary Joan McLemore Lowery, of Hattiesburg, MS passed away May 25th 2018.  Formerly, of Gulf Breeze, Florida, she is preceded in death by her husband, Donald DePree Lowery, son William (Bill) Lowery, and infant daughter, Paula. She is also preceded in death by her father Lionel Taylor McLemore, mother Myrtis Voncille Driscoll, stepfather William (Bill) Driscoll, and sister Joy Knight. She is survived by three daughters, Pat Sims (Gary) of Hattiesburg, Karen Ford (Brian) of Hattiesburg, and Janie Sutton (Rob) of Phoenix, AZ.; nine grandchildren, Zachary Sims, Joseph Parker, Hannah Sims, William Ford, Casey Ford, Jackson Ford, Reed Sutton, Rachel Sutton, and Ryan Sutton; and three great-grandchildren, Laila Sims, Finley Sims, and Capri Parker.
     Joan was a wonderful mother to her children and the best mother-in-law to her three sons-in-law. She served as ‘mom’ to so many others as well: nieces and nephews, cousins, and childhood friends. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren adored their Nana and many nieces and nephews loved Aunt Joan. Our mom learned the name of everyone she met and made each person feel important. To her, each and every person she met was important. She always looked for the best in others and people from all walks of life loved her. Her life was one of love and service and she was the kindest person we have ever known. Ephesians 4:2 says, “Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them." That was Joan, our Mom, our Nana, and our Aunt Joan.
     The service will be at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday May 31st at Parkway Heights United Methodist Church in Hattiesburg, MS with visitation beginning at 10:00 A.M at the church. The graveside service will be at 10:00 A.M. on Friday June 1st at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Florida. Memorials may be made to The Compassionate Friends of Pensacola, 5725 North 9th Avenue, Pensacola, Florida 32504-8920.