Julia Martha (Judy) Hays

Jan 3rd, 2013 | By admin | Category: Obituaries

Julia Martha (Judy) Hays Lowman, age 87, widow of Jake P. Lowman, died December 25th, 2012. She was the daughter of the late Charles and Lillian Suttle Hays. Married to her high school sweetheart for 52 years, she lived at the same address in Cabot for 55 years, and resided at Parkway Village Retirement Center in Little Rock since 2005.

Attending Centennial and West Side Junior High in Little Rock, she graduated from Cabot High School as valedictorian in 1943. She earned a BS Degree from Hendrix College with teaching certificates in History, Speech, and Latin. Following college graduation she was employed at the Bank of Cabot, and taught school in North Little Rock for three and a half years prior to her marriage in June, 1950. She subsequently served as a substitute teacher for many years in the Cabot Public Schools.

An active member of Cabot First Baptist Church for 57 years, she especially cherished serving as pianist and organist. She taught several church classes for various ages extending over 3 decades, was a member of numerous church committees, and was a local, regional, and state officer in the Women’s Missionary Union.

Also active for many years in various civic efforts in the Cabot Community, she devoted service as a charter member to the Arlene Cherry Public Library; served as a member and secretary of the Cabot Fine Arts Committee; was a charter member of the Rolling Hills Country Club; worked with the Cabot 100th Year centennial celebration committee, and assisted in getting the Cabot Scholarship Foundation initiated, which awards scholarships to deserving Cabot High School graduates. As acknowledgment of her civic participation and contributions, she was chosen Woman of the Year in 1991.

In 1973 she began working at the family business, Lowman & Lowman Hardware, working for 23 years before retiring. She and her husband, Jake, enjoyed working in their yard and sharing the results with neighbors and friends.  She devoted time to gardening, music, needlepoint, bridge, and senior care.

Preceded in death by husband Jake P. Lowman in 2002 and by her only sibling, William Wesley Hays in 2007, she is survived by three children: daughter, Mary Jane Lowman of Little Rock; sons, Larry Lowman of Berryville, and Len and Sherry Lowman of Little Rock; and two grandchildren, Lindsey Lowman and Jonathan Lowman.

Funeral services were  2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 30, 2012 at Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home, with visitation preceding the service from 1:00-2:00 p.m.  Private burial was at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.  The family requests memorials in lieu of flowers including the following:  The Cabot Scholarship Foundation, 200 West Main Street, Cabot, AR 72023, The Music Fund of Cabot First Baptist Church, 204 North Third Street, Cabot, AR 72023, or The Arlene Cherry Public Library, 506 North Grant Street, Cabot, AR 72023.  Arrangements are by Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home, (501)843-5816.  Please sign the online guestbook at www.moorescabotfuneralhome.com.