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Mary Josephine Lowery

Mary Josephine Lowery, 92, of Cabool, Missouri, departed this life on April 2, 2018 at Autumn Oaks Care Center in Mtn. Grove, Missouri.

She was born on May 9, 1925 in Richland, Missouri, the daughter of the late Walter and Clara (Kanzig) Young.

Mary lived in Richland for 13 years and later moved to Lebanon, Misouri. She married and had three children; in May of 1960, the family moved to Cabool. Herman and Mary operated Tod’s Café for three and a half years and then bought Fredrick’s Café on Highway 60 two miles west of Cabool where they operated Lowery’s Dinner House from 1963 to 1983. They retired in 1983 due to Herman’s health.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Herman in 1993; a daughter, Deborah Brown in 2004; sisters, Mae Ruble, Frances Makuilima, Vierlyn Brown and Jean McDaniel; and one brother, Willis Young.

She is survived by her son, Butch and Janice Carroll, and her daughter, Ann and Merlin Maxvill all of Mtn. Grove; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter, Julianna Ryun; loving brother, David Young of Warsaw, Misouri; as well as several nieces, nephews and friends. She will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved her.

Funeral services were at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 6, 2018, at the funeral chapel with Greg Mynear and Brad Holman officiating. Pallbearers were Luke Ford, Keith Crone, Matthew Crone and Lyle Brown. Interment was in Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Online condolences may be made at

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  1. Brent Wade on November 26, 2018 at 7:06 am

    Mary and Herman gave me my first job at Lowery’s Dinner House as a dish washer in 1968. I think my pay was something like $.60 an hour and that included (memory escapes) either a free supper) or a discounted one. I went there directly after school and got off at nine and my dad, Marlin would be waiting outside. I worked there 3 years until I got my license.
    I have held exactly 3 jobs in my life and have been extremely fortunate in all three. I have worked for the Lowery’s, Delbert Hunter at the Texaco when I turned 16 and then 20 years in the Navy from which I was 100% disabled and never worked again.
    But Mary. She was the sweetest, gentlest lady. Even today, after all these years, miles and people I have met I can remember her face. She was a joy to work for and I never, ever remember a harsh word from her and believe me, we deserved a harsh word. Herman was a great guy and HE could deliver a stern word but he was a great guy too. I loved those two. If they hadn’t been there, those Crowley boy’s, my best friends at the time would have put me in an oven and baked me. lol.
    So Mary, Herman, Thanks for setting me on the road and showing me way. God bless you. You were great people. I loved you then and I always will.

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