Marlene LaVerne Low of St. Clair, MO, departed this life at her home in St. Clair, surrounded by the love of her family, on December 29, 2009, having reached the age of seventy-five years, seven months and thirteen days. Marlene was born in St. Louis, MO on May 16, 1934, daughter of Edward Wideman and Loretta Wideman nee Knapp. On July 18, 1953, she was united in marriage to Robert George Low and three daughters came to bless this union. In 1999, she began sharing her life with Howard Miller.
Marlene is survived by her companion, Howard Miller, of St. Clair; by three daughters, Barbara Ann Low of House Springs, MO, Kathleen Reynolds and husband, Bill, of Pensacola, FL and Elaine Matthews and husband, Brett, of Charleston, MO; by Howard’s sons, Rick Miller and wife, Debbie, of Rolla, MO and Rob Miller and wife, Diane, of Springfield, MO; by two siblings, JoAnn Leber and husband, Bob, of Arnold, MO and Edward Wideman and wife, Shirley, of Festus, MO; by eight grandchildren, Robert Reynolds, of Pensacola, Victoria Lunn and husband, Mike, of Pace, FL, Elizabeth and Joe Matthews, of Charleston, MO, Nathan, Josh and Elyssa Miller of Rolla and Serena Miller of Springfield; by nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Marlene was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Loretta Wideman; and by her husband, Robert “Bob” Low.
Marlene was a Christian and long time member of St. John United Church of Christ in St. Clair. As a young woman, she had worked outside the home at various jobs, but her first priority had always been caring for her home and family. When her children were young she was active in PTA and Bible school and even in later years, volunteered as a reader for the elementary children. Bowling was one of her favorite pastimes and she competed as a member of the Senior Bowling League and in the Franklin County Silver Games. She also enjoyed the fellowship of her many friends at the St. Clair Elk’s Lodge and played Bingo and Texas Holdem at the lodge. She was also a member of the Moose Lodge in Union, MO. Feeding and watching Hummingbirds was another of her hobbies. Nothing made Marlene happier than spending time with her children and grandchildren and she cherished the love they shared.
A devoted wife and loving companion, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, great-aunt, cousin and friend, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM Thursday, December 31, 2009 at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair with the Rev. Ron Tempel and the Rev. Dee Dee Tempel officiating. Interment was in Crestview Memorial Park, St. Clair, MO.