On Tuesday morning, July 21, 2020, Patricia Lee Lowder passed away peacefully in her sleep. She was born in Pocatello, Idaho on June 18, 1941 to Johnny Owen and Della Patterson Watson. She was the oldest of nine siblings.
At eighteen she married Harvey Harpster and to this union they had three boys, Richard, Benjamin, and Timothy. They were later divorced, and she then married Larry Goddard. They were also later divorced. After a number of years of living single, she met and married the man she considered the love of her life, Jim Lowder.
She had never been hunting, camping, or fishing until she married Jim. Those were new experiences that she came to enjoy. She always remembered one cold morning on a mountain top, a small herd of elk started passing by about thirty yards in front of her. Jim gave a cow call, and the herd bull stopped, faced her, and bugled. She could see the steam rising from his mouth and nostrils, and she thought that was a sight that she was privileged to see and experience.
Pat had always wanted a Pomeranian, so Jim got one for her. That was the first of three that she would have over the years. They were her babies. It was not hard to tell what breed of dog she favored, as she had t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, jewelry, and many other items that depicted Poms.
One thing she regretted for many years was not knowing how to play an instrument, as a number of her family members could. Jim then made one of the biggest mistakes of his life. He bought her an electronic keyboard. After several weeks of frustration, she saw an ad that a music company had classes for seniors to learn to play the organ. It was not very long until, “I needed an organ”. After a number of years of classes and several more organs, Jim surprised her with a top of the line, Lowrey organ, that you can play just about any kind of music, and one she thought she would never have. Jim enjoyed listening to the different types of music she could play, but he especially enjoyed Amazing Grace with bagpipes, and the many different Hawaiian melodies she learned to play.
She was a kindhearted and gentle soul that will be sorely missed. As per request, she has been cremated, and because of the coronavirus, there will be no services. That would be totally irresponsible.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Cornelison Funeral Home, 431 N. 15th Ave., Pocatello. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.cornelisonfh.com
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