Arlene Doris LOW


Arlene Doris (nee Anderson) Low, born April 5, 1926, Mpls., Minn., passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer, on Jan. 3, 2006, in Langley B.C. Survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Norman “Ray” Low, daughters Becky, Bonnie (Ray) Hall, grandsons Bradley, Robert and Kenneth, sister Lyla (Alfred) Anderegg, and many brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Pre-deceased by brother Orrin. Arlene lived a full life, with many outstanding achievements. A greatly talented concert marimbist with a beautiful lyric soprano voice, she was also a beauty queen who won many awards and contests, culminating in her receiving the Miss Minnesota crown in 1945. She went on to become a Miss America finalist the same year. Arlene made guest appearances with orchestras across the continent, starred on Broadway, co-starred with opera singer Jan Peerce, modeled extensively and appeared on television shows such as Arthur Godfrey, where she won the talent award. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in psychology, a member of the Delta Sigma Rho hon. forensic society. She met Ray Low in Hawaii and they married in 1959. They moved to California, where they raised their two daughters until they moved to Richmond, B.C. in 1968. There, she taught piano, organ and marimba for many years while helping her husband establish the resort community of Sunshine Valley near Hope, B.C. They moved to Cloverdale, B.C. in 1998. Arlene was known as a cheerful person with a winning smile for everyone she met. She had a good sense of humour that she kept to the end. She was a very generous and humble person who loved to travel and took great interest in world affairs. She was a devoted wife and mother, and she will be greatly missed. Arlene, a Christian, believed in eternal life with Jesus Christ, and this wonderful lady who serenaded others with her beautiful music has now been serenaded by angels to heaven. Memorial service to be held Jan. 12, 2006, 1:00 p.m. at Christian Life Assembly, 21277 56 Ave., Langley, B.C. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Langley Hospice Society, 20088 40A Ave., Langley, B.C. are appreciated.

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