Lowe obit

Jean H. Lowe died peacefully at her home in Warrenton, VA, on August 24, 2022, at the age of 81.

She was a devoted family member, a caring friend, and a community activist. Jean was born in Highland Park, Illinois, on January 1, 1941. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1962. After settling in Virginia, in 1974, she served as coordinator of Fairfax County Adult Basic Education until 1986, when she left to become assistant director of the GED Testing Service of the American Council of Education, then later served as the director. During her years in Fairfax, Jean was heavily involved in civic activities. She served as president of local chapters of both the American Civil Liberties Union and the Mental Health Association. She also served as president of the Virginia Association for Adult and Continuing Education. She earned her master’s degree in Education from the University of Virginia. In retirement, she served as Board President of the Fauquier Community Food Bank and Thrift Store, as Chairperson of the Partnership for Community Resources, and as a board member of several organizations including the local NAACP which recently awarded her its Distinguished Citizen Service Award. She also co-authored the 2020 Fauquier County poverty report.

She was the proud parent of both biological, adopted, and fostered children. She temporarily housed some former students post-incarceration, and later four food bank recipients for brief periods. She tutored undereducated adults in basic literacy and advocated to legislators for the disadvantaged.Jean is predeceased by her parents.

She is survived by her children: Alice Weaver, Andrew Lowe, Edward Lowe, and Carol Brooke; her eleven grandchildren; one great grandson; her siblings – John R. Holmes, Jr., Judith Wiles and Ann Smith; and her ex-husband.Please donate to the Fauquier County NAACP.

Celebration of Life - Sunday, September 11, 2022, 1 - 3 PM. John Barton Payne Building, 2 Courthouse Square, Warrenton, VA 20186

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