SANTA MARIA, Calif. — Martha Irma Jacob Lowe, 81, died Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria, Calif. She was born March of 1932 in Pingdu, Shandong Province, China to Southern Baptist missionaries, Robert A. and Floy Wright Jacob.
She was a graduate of Franklin-Simpson County High School in Franklin, Ky., and went on to graduate from Western Kentucky State College in Bowling Green with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music. She completed all but the internship for her Master of Arts in Psychology, as a single parent. Her education was put to use as the director of the Community Action Commission in Santa Maria. She was an accomplished pianist and organist, playing at churches, beginning at the age of 12, wherever she lived. Additionally, she taught piano to hundreds of students throughout the years. During her high school and college days she sang, played many band instruments with the Baritone horn being her primary instrument. She played in State level honor bands and won many awards for her Baritone skills.
She married Austin Wade in 1951 in Franklin, Ky., and his career in the U.S. Air Force carried them to bases in Alabama, South Carolina, Japan, Nebraska, South Dakota and California. She was a devoted Air Force wife and mother. During this time they also made side trips to Korea and Guam. In 1984 she married William F Lowe Sr., a fireman with the U.S. Forest Service.
Mom was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Lowe Sr.; a sister, Elizabeth J. Marble; an infant brother, Robert William Jacob; and both of her parents. We are certain theirs was a joyful reunion.
She is survived by her children, Jeff Wade, Bruce Wade and his wife Kathy, Andy Wade and Becky Frederiksen and her husband Carl; grandchildren, Amber Peterson and her husband Andrew, Megan Padilla and her longtime boyfriend Andy Meeks, and Alex Frederiksen. She has one great-grandchild, Andrew Joseph Peterson II (AJ). She is also survived by sisters, Lydia McIntosh and her husband Don of Los Angeles and Mary Ingram of West Point, Miss.; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to the four children she had, she cared for 28 foster babies while the family was stationed in South Dakota. Most of these children were from high risk families and often came with special needs.
Mom resided in Elizabethton, Tenn., until she required full-time care and moved back to California. She was a longtime member of Valley Forge United Methodist Church. She missed Tennessee. She loved the seasons, especially the changing of the leaves in fall. Thank you to those of you that loved her and looked after her while she was there.
Memorial services will be held at St. Andrew United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, in Santa Maria. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association – Myotonic Dystrophy, Adult Onset, P.O. Box 78960, Phoenix, AZ 85062-8960.
The Neptune Society is handling all the arrangements. At Mom’s request, her remains will be scattered at sea.