Mrs. Grace Kathleen Lowman Ribet, departed this earth to her Heavenly Home on April 15, 2024. She went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, after a long and full life of service.
Born to Floyd and Fannie Deal Lowman on October 15, 1933, in Valdese, NC She was a faithful Christian, talented musician, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was the youngest member of the Lowman family, sister to Roland, Willie, Fred, Eva Mae, Arthur and Floyd Jr. (Who passed away as a babe). She loved her mother, Father, brothers and sister dearly.
Kathleen’s love extended to her two daughters, Ninette (Todd) McKinney and Cherisse (Wayne) Christian, who will always remember her commitment to God and His service. Her four grandchildren and families, Macy Kathleen Christian, Ethan (Subrina) Christian, Jonah Christian and Alex (Amanda) McKinney will carry her memory and legacy. Kathleen was also blessed to see three great-grandchildren born to her family. Drake, Sullivan and Franky brought much joy to her final years. Preceded in death by her parents, brothers and sister, Kathleen’s memory will be cherished and kept alive by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A graduate of Valdese High School in 1952, Kathleen dedicated her life to music. For over 60 years, she played piano, taught piano lessons, and directed music for her church and other choirs. Kathleen also played piano for many area quartets and gospel singing groups. She was a long-standing member of Icard’s Grove Baptist Church, and it was her testimony to share the love of Christ through Song in her church and community. Kathleen worked at the Alba-Waldensian Hosiery Mill for 12 years and was a kindergarten assistant at Rutherford College Elementary for 22 years, bringing her music and creativity into the classroom.
Services to honor God for the life of Kathleen Lowman Ribet will be held on Thursday April 18, 2024, at 2:30 PM at Heritage Funeral Services, at 1507 Main St. E., Valdese, NC, with Rev. Eldon Hinegarner officiating. Interment will follow in the Burke Memorial Park.
Viewing will be from 2 until 2:30 P.M. Thursday at Heritage Funeral Service.
The family would like to express their deep gratitude to Caldwell County Hospice for their loving care, kindness, and concern given to Kathleen and her family during a most difficult time.
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