EAST LIVERPOOL – Maria Eleanor Brown Lowe, 68, of Northside Avenue took to her wings on August 30, 2022 after a courageous battle with a brief illness surrounded by her loving family at home.
Born August 27, 1954, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Gertrude Logan Brown. A lifelong resident of the area, she graduated from East Liverpool High School class in 1972.
Maria loved animals. Some of his favorites were Hershey, Benson, Licorice, Bo, Mrs. Kitty, Smoke, Smidget, Bridget and his current good friend Dallas. Maria has always had a heart for her furry friends. His heart also extended to helping others. Everyone who knew her knew that she took great pleasure in having extras often “elements” around that could be distributed when someone needed something at their home. She liked to shop and buy while saving some items for when they might be needed. She always liked that she could do something to make someone else feel better.
Maria was also well known for her cooking. There were too many specialties to name, but some favorites included the best homemade noodles, lasagna, western beans, Christmas cookies, pasta salad, deviled eggs, pasta with chicken, and meatloaf. She was also known for serving many pitchers of frozen Kool-Aid that reached the spot during backyard wiffle ball games. Many people were blessed with the good food that Maria always worked hard to bring to any family gathering. She loved these gatherings with food and camaraderie among those present. For many years she found great pleasure in providing “drive by meals” for her son and daughter-in-law, while putting special treats in their lunches.
Over the years, Maria has held several jobs including Extended Care, L&B Donut Shop, AVON, Kwik King and at Cedar Hills Golf Club. She loved to tell stories about her golfers that she fried for their breakfast in the morning. Her most rewarding job was at East Liverpool Schools, where she worked at different times both in the cafeteria and as a paraprofessional. It was no surprise that she found joy in serving others through these jobs. She has helped many students not only in school but by extending the walls of the school and bringing them into her life by giving back to their lives outside of school.
Maria attended both LaCroft Church of the Nazarene and United Brethren in Christ Church at different times in her life. Her aunt and uncle Reverend Clarence and Maxine Pelley played a huge role in her life. She found great joy in her summer days at their home in Glenmoor and also enjoyed their large family at picnics and other gatherings. She considered them her second parents and appreciated the opportunities she had to share their love over the years.
She will be sadly missed by her son, Eric and his wife, Sarah of East Liverpool. Maria was eager to share stories about Eric’s childhood, while being very proud of their investment in local Beaver schools and the time they give to the community. She enjoyed attending volleyball games and traveling over the years to observe Eric’s involvement in baseball as a player and coach. Maria looked forward to the daily conversations she shared with Eric over the years and the strong bond they shared.
Maria is also survived by her partner, Andrew Taormina, who has been a blessing in her life and a wonderful caregiver during her recent health journey. She also leaves behind two sisters, Margie Brown Goddard and Pauline Stubbs and her husband, Cal and a brother, Keith Brown. She will be greatly missed by many friends.
Donations can be made in Maria’s memory to Beaver Locals schools where a fund will be established to fund a program called Maria’s Mission Making Moments Count While Helping Others. This can be found at: http://Paypal.me/beaverlocal or at the Columbiana County Humane Society.
The family would like to give special thanks to Valley Hospice and the Cleveland Clinic. The family would also like to thank Sara Pease for her sincere care for Maria during this trip.
Per Maria’s wishes, there will be no visitation or public service. A private family service will be held at a later date. Dawson Funeral Home is responsible for all local arrangements.
Visit Maria’s memorial webpage and send your condolences online at: www.dawsonfuneralhome.com