Virginia Mae (Gray) LoweSeptember 19, 1921 ~ February 26, 2017 (age 95)
Virginia Mae (Gray) Lowe, passed away at 95 years of age, Sunday, February 26, with her family by her side. Born in Boston in 1921 to Anne (Hurley) and James Gray, she grew up in and attended High School at North Quincy High School. Formerly of Norwell, MA, she lost her dear husband, Donald, 15 years ago, and was predeceased by her two sisters, Eleanor and Barbara. She was beloved mother to Christine (Carlsen) Greenman of Glendale Heights, IL, Karen Lowe of Chester, CT, and her daughter and son-in-law Melissa and Alan Ratcliffe of Northbridge, MA, with whom she lived and was lovingly cared for in her later years. She was proud grandmother to Reed (deceased), Ben, Aidan, Bryce, Will, Jake and Noah, as well as great grandmother to Logan and Aiden.
Another member of the ‘greatest generation,’ Ginny jumped right into volunteering during World War II At that time she was working for an insurance company in downtown Boston, and spent evenings documenting movements of offshore ships from a secret underground U.S.Army facility. As she frequently told the story, she could not even tell her parents what she was doing at the time. On alternate nights she performed clerical tasks for the U.S. Coast Guard. In a classic 1941 love story, Ginny and Don met at a dinner hosted for servicemen stationed in the area.
In life, Ginny was an expert at hand arts, including quilting, crochet, stained glass and sewing. Over the years she produced countless articles of clothing, quilts and decorative items., and was still whipping up apple pies on a moment’s notice last year.
Ginny and Don’s retirement time together was full of rounds of golf, cross country ski outings, trips around the United States, dancing and cherished time with long term friends.
Calling Hours are Thursday, March 2, from 9-11AM followed by a Funeral Service at 11:30AM at the Trinity Episcopal Church, Linwood Ave., Whitinsville.
In lieu of flowers, it was Ginny’s request that donations to promote research and support families, be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, www.nationalmssociety.org