Joyce E. Lowe

October 20, 1920
- March 31, 2009

BANGOR AND BROWNVILLE - Joyce E. (Cooley) Lowe Graves, 84, died March 31, 2009, at a Howland health care facility after a short illness. Joyce was born Oct. 20, 1924, in Brownville, the daughter of Swedish immigrant, Gladys (Oberg) Murray and Maynard W. Cooley. Joyce lived in Brownville for many years and was a graduate of Brownville High School, Class of 1942. She served her country with the U.S. Woman's Army Corps from 1943 to 1945. After returning home to Brownville, she, like so many others, worked in area mills for several years. After moving to Bangor, Joyce was employed by Insurance Services until the Bangor office was closed. She enjoyed her retirement years by spending endless hours in her many flower beds at her longtime home in Bangor and she also cherished time spent at the family camp on Schoodic Lake, which was next door to Gladys and Eddie, who had helped in the building of the camp, along with Alan and Kevin's help. When family members would visit on the weekends, they were often drafted into lending a helping hand during the building process. Joyce also took great pride in keeping an eye throughout the years. She always enjoyed receiving artwork from them and it was proudly on display in her house. Joyce is survived by her son, Kevin Lowe and his wife, Cindy; a daughter-in-law, Debra Graves; a brother, Eugene Cooley; five grandchildren, Erin Lowe, Jessica Lowe-Alexander and her husband, Gary, Mike Graves, Heather Stanfield, and Kristine DeGroot and her husband, Sam; and three great-grandchildren, Kelton Downen, Taber Stanfield and Reece DeGroot. She is also survived by several cousins, including an special cousin, Arlene Morrill of Brownville; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Joyce was predeceased by her husband, John "Jack" Graves; her stepfather, Edward J. Murray; her son, Alan M. Graves; and a sister, Marie Stormann. At Joyce's request, there will be no public services. A private graveside service will be held at a later date in the family lot at Evergreen Cemetery, Milo. In lieu of flowers, she had requested that memorial contributions be sent to Joyce's Memorial Fund at Brownville Public Library, P.O. Box 687, Brownville, ME 04414. The Brownville Library was always one of Joyce's favorite places as a child; she spent endless hours there. Arrangements are in the care of Lary Funeral Home. Messages of condolence and memories may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com.


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