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Jane Lowe

September 27, 1930 - March 18, 2024

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Jane Greensmith Lowe

MONTPELIER, VT –  Jane Greensmith Lowe, 93, died March 18, 2024, after a short illness at her Montpelier home surrounded by members of her family. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she spent her adult life in her chosen state of Vermont where she raised her seven children in Montpelier.

Jane Greensmith was born Sept. 27, 1930, to Mary (Mellon) and James Henry Greensmith. She attended and graduated from Abington Friends School, a private day school, where a fond memory was playing field hockey against Grace Kelly (who was to become Princess Grace of Monaco).

For college, Jane attended Syracuse University. There she met and married William B. Lowe of Longmeadow, Mass. in 1950. Immediately after graduation in 1952, they moved to Vermont where they were both to remain until their passing.

Other than a few early years in Plainfield, Bill and Jane lived in Montpelier throughout the years their children were in school. Home was Colonial Drive, a tight-knit neighborhood that was home to some 60 children. Jane was passionate about her family’s participation in the Montpelier swim team and enjoyed transporting hers and other’s children to practice at the municipal pool in summer, and the Burlington YMCA in winters, and cheering them all on at meets.   

A homemaker while the children were young, Jane went to work as the last of them entered junior high school. Her home away from home was Montpelier’s Kellogg-Hubbard Library where she spent many happy years, first as assistant librarian then as interim director. She also held various positions with the State of Vermont.

When the nest was empty, Jane and Bill moved to their dream home they had built in Moscow (Stowe). In Stowe, Jane was very active in St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church. It was at this time that Bill finally took Jane to England, a longtime dream, the location of all her favorite

When Bill died in 2009, Jane made her home at The Woodlands in Stowe, joined for two years by her daughter Deborah Lowe until her death in 2017. Finally, as Jane’s health began deteriorating, her daughter Connie Lowe and daughter-in-law Cathy Caron invited her to make her home with them in Montpelier. There, Jane spent her final days enjoying family and friends.

Jane was predeceased by her parents, husband William B. Lowe, daughter Deborah J. Lowe, son Michael G. Lowe, brother Frederick P. (“Ted”) Greensmith, and granddaughter Samantha Spoth.

She is survived by her children James S. Lowe, Thomas B. Lowe (Janelle Shorb), Steven K. Lowe, Barbara L. Watson (Bruce), and Constance M. Lowe (Cathy Caron).

Surviving grandchildren are Ami Frappier (Charles), Will Lowe (Adrienne), Andie Lowe (Gabriel Ely), Elizabeth Lowe, Caroline Edlund (Dillon), Emily Lowe, Bonnie Miles (Tim), Brian Watson (Taylor Kuske) and Ian Norton-Lowe.

Surviving great-grandchildren are Jennah, Mittasille, Abigail, Nathanial, Lucy, Stella, Lois, Iris, Chrissy, Ella, Reese, Alessia, Maddox, Raain, Zoiey, and Persephone, plus several nieces and nephews.

Also surviving is Domino, Jane’s cat.

The family extends its thanks to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, especially Jessica and Becca, and to Betty and Kara, her personal caregivers.

Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at Guare & Sons, 30 School St. in Montpelier. A funeral service will be held at St. John’s in the Mountains, 1994 Mountain Road in Stowe at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 17.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John’s in the Mountains (https://stjohnsinthemountains.org) or CVHHH (www.cvhhh.org).

Information and condolences at www.guareandsons.com.

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