Information for Helen Turner Lowell
20 July, 1905 - 7 June, 2012
The Idaho Press-Tribune
June, 2012

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Helen T. Lowell
    Helen, T. Lowell, 106, mother, teacher, historian, author and civic leader died at her home near Parma June 7, 2012 following a brief illness. Helen, daughter of David Russell and Leila Ash Turner, was born July 20,1905 in Boise, Idaho.
    She graduated from Boise High School with honors in 1922.  Helen enrolled in the College of Idaho that same year, majoring in language arts; particularly, Latin, Spanish and English.  She graduated Cum Laude in 1926. Following graduation, Helen taught in Franklin and Caldwell High School until her marriage to Blake J. Lowell, April 1929. She took hiatus from the classroom until 1953 when she agreed to teach in the Adrian, Oregon school system for one year. Fifteen years later she retired from public school teaching.
    During her absence from the classroom and in addition to being a mother and homemaker, Helen became deeply involved with the YWCA at regional and national levels and with the Sterry Memorial Presbyterian Church, USA as well as numerous civic organizations. She was a charter member of chapter BD PEO, member of Kingman Colony Book Club, ANK Garden Club and Daughters of the Nile.
    In the 1960's, Helen and Lucille Peterson began researching for an illustrated history of the Lower Boise Valley beginning with The Hudson Bay Company fur trading post established at the confluence of the Boise and Snake Rivers near Parma. This later became Oregon Trail's Fort Boise. Their research resulted in the first hard bound publication of Our First Hundred Years (Caxton Printers, Inc.) coincided with America's Bi-Centennial celebration in 1976. A second edition was released in 1999. All proceeds from the book went to the Fort Boise Historical Society and the building of the Fort Boise replica.
    Helen's awards included the College of Idaho's Distinguished Alumni Award in 1987 for her support and contributions to community and nation: The Bruce Mitchell Community Service award (2007): The American Association for State and Local Histories National award of Merit(2009) : The Idaho State Historical Society's recognition of significant contributions to preservation of Idaho History(2009).
    Helen was predeceased by her parents David and Leila Turner: brother R. Lee Turner; and husband Blake J. Lowell(1983). Helen is survived by a son David H. (Margaret) Lowell, Wichita, KS, daughter Sara J. Lowell, Bandon, OR, three grandchildren James D. (Susan) and their daughter Allison, Eustis FL, Catherine-Ann (Gerod) Bonhoff and their son Louis, Hampton VA and Ian C.(Beth) and their sons, Blake, Ethan, Wichita KS, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
    A celebration of Helen's life will take place at the Sterry Memorial Presbyterian Church, Roswell, Idaho at 11:00, on Saturday June 23, 2012 following private inurnment at the Roswell cemetery. Memorial contributions to organizations of donor's choice would be appreciated. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com



 

 

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