Nancy Whiting Lowrey
Portage Lake - Nancy Whiting Lowrey, of Portage Lake, Maine and Cohasset, MA, formerly of Norwell, MA died at Sunrise of Cohasset, on Monday, August 12, 2019. Daughter of Hobart A. and Gladys Whiting Fischer, Nancy was born on March 18, 1933 in Newton, Massachusetts. She graduated from Concord (New Hampshire) High School in 1950. In 1954 she was graduated cum laude from Colby College where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa academic honorary and Chi Omega Women's Fraternity.
Nancy was married to Peter Stanley Lowrey for 39 years until his death in 1993. Surviving are children: Dr. Jonathan Lowrey and wife Leisa, of Jasper, Indiana; Michael Lowrey and wife Kathe, of Tampa, Florida; and Susan Barrett and husband John, of Norwell; grandchildren Robert Lowrey (Heather), Thomas Lowrey, Ryan Lowrey (Madison), Peter Lowrey, James Barrett & Laura Barrett. Also surviving are two sisters, Betty (Kenneth) Walker and Carol Tonkin, both of New Hampshire.
Nancy was an avid golfer throughout most of her life, winning many club tournaments, and she enjoyed attending horse shows to watch her daughter and granddaughter compete. Nancy's favorite place in the world was her camp on Portage Lake, Maine, where she loved to explore back roads of the North Maine woods during bird-hunting season. After an evening of wood-stove cooking, she could usually be found on the porch, listening to the shrill calls of loons from Portage Lake.
A reception celebrating Nancy's life will be held at Cohasset Lightkeeper's Cottage, 15 Lighthouse Lane, Cohasset from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 15, 2019. A memorial service will be held at Portage Congregational Church, Portage Lake, Maine on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at noon. Following the service, the family will receive friends at Dean's Hotel, Portage Lake, Maine, with a private interment to be held later.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Portage Lake Historical Society Building Fund, PO Box 65, Portage Lake, Maine 04768, South Shore Hospice, 30 Reservoir Park Dr., Rockland, MA 02370, or to a favorite charity. For an online guestbook, please visit
Published on August 13, 2019


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Jim and Betty Dumond
Aug 15, 2019
Thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. She was a great lady and we were glad to have her friendship.
Vern Boyce - East Hampton, Ct.
Aug 14, 2019
To all in Nancy's family;
So sorry to read of Nancy's passing. A dear lady she truly was. Always with a smile on her face and ready to share a good conversation, she was a joy to be with. How well I remember all those pleasant chats she and I shared over the years while I was there in Portage. Please know many have all of you in thought and prayer. Nancy will certainly be missed by all who knew her. She is at peace. May God bless.
Carol Gagnon
Aug 14, 2019
Nancy will be forever missed by the Soucy and Gagnon families. She was an important part of every celebration and a dear and welcomed guest in our homes. Wayne and I were blessed to have her in our lives. She was our "bonus" mom and we will miss her a lifetime. Our most sincere and heart felt sympathies to Jon, Mike, Susan and their children. Nancy was so very proud of all of you. John Barrett..Nancy loved like a son.