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Betty Lowell

April 30, 2022

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Betty L. Lowell, 94, a long-time resident of Hingham MA, passed away on April 30, 2022.

Betty was born to Helen Bea (Brown) and Ralph S. Lowell on March 31, 1928, in Newton, MA. She was predeceased by her older brothers Clifford (and Iris) and Richard (and Lois) Lowell, and is survived by her nephews and nieces and their spouses, Derek (Jennifer) Lowell (Hull, MA), Richard (Sharon) Lowell (Rehoboth, MA), Daphne Lowell (Peter Geraty) (Amherst, MA), Ralph (Evelyn) Lowell (Beaumont, CA), and Beryl Rogers (Kevin Kuechmann) (St. Augustine, FL) and her 9 grandnieces, 1 grandnephew, and 3 great-grandnephews. Betty was also the granddaughter of Etta Lois Pike Lowell Dunbar, an early Boston area Suffragette.

Betty, a tall, attractive, redhead, was a dedicated career woman and feminist who joined the workforce during WWII. She began working at the Raytheon Corporation during summers while in high school and continued there for many years after graduating. She attended LaSalle University and during her career, she took night classes and belonged to the Professional Secretaries’ Congregation, which dealt with many workplace ethics issues, such as equal pay for men and women. She also served as executive secretary to the president of Massa Products Corporation (Hingham, MA) for 12 years. She continued working well into her 80s, both at Raytheon and through volunteer work.

In her later years, Betty was very active in the Hingham Senior Center, where she managed the front desk and received many awards for her good humor and valuable skills. There, she also sang with the OPALS (the Center’s chorus), with whom she cultivated many warm friendships, and served as record- keeper par excellence. Ever curious, capable, bright, and smartly dressed, in her retirement, she took classes with the Hingham Fire and Police Departments, kept abreast of the political scene, tracked what her many nieces and nephews and their children were up to, knit quilts and did copper work, and cared for her cocker spaniel. Her warmth, intelligence, sense of humor, and caring spirit will be sorely missed by many. A celebration of her life will be scheduled at a future date.


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