Janet "Jan" Charlotte Lowe

11/05/1930 - 03/14/2021

Obituary for Janet "Jan" Charlotte Lowe

Janet Charlotte Lowe was born November 5, 1930, to Lottie and Lans Wickland in Guthrie County and passed away March 14, 2021 at her home in Perry, Iowa. She married Richard Lowe March 2, 1952, and they lived in Des Moines until moving to Perry in 1962. Jan was an elementary teacher in the Perry Community School District for more than 25 years. After retiring, she and Dick enjoyed traveling to such scenic destinations as Alaska, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, and Scandinavia. Jan also enjoyed serving her church, First United Methodist in Perry, and being active in ch. DE of P.E.O. Her baking skills were top-notch, particularly her chocolate-chip oatmeal cookies. She was devoted to her family, always supporting the activities of her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include daughter Annette Sheets of Newton; son Thomas (Elizabeth) Lowe of Waukee; grandchildren Madison Sheets of Oklahoma City; Andrew Lowe (fiancée Anna Martensen) of Waukee; Allison (Chris) Dunbar of Valencia, CA; and Margaret Lowe of Waukee; as well as extended family.

Jan was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister Cora Marlene, and son-in-law Marley Sheets.

A memorial service will be held for Janet Lowe at 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 19, 2021 at First United Methodist Church in Perry, Iowa. Burial will follow at Violet Hill Cemetery. Due to COVID-19, masks must be worn and social distancing observed.

Memorials in Jan’s name may be directed to First United Methodist Church in Perry. They may be sent to Murdock Funeral Home, 1420 Warford Street, Perry, Iowa 50220. Online condolences may be left at

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Jan was one of my P.E.O. sisters in Chapter DE, and I enjoyed many times with her at Perry 1st United Methodist Church. She was always gracious, well-spoken and encouraging to others. Many lives are enriched for having known her. Deepest condolences to all Jan's family; may many warm memories comfort and sustain you.
- Muriel Pemble
Tom & Family-Thinking and praying for you during this difficult time. I am reading Nancy's comments about your mom and feel some of what she is saying lives on in you; especially, the part about being your best to bring out the best in your clients.
- Glenda Kohout
Jan was one of the sweetest teaching mentors I had. She was an experienced teacher when I started teaching and she was so helpful and patient with me as I learned from her and all our cronies how to be my best so the students could do their best. But she also had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to laugh. I will always remember her smile and laugh when I think of her. She was a true lady and shared herself with everyone. We all were blessed to have had her in our lives. I'm so sorry for your loss.
- Nancy Geiken

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