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Obituary: LOWDER, PATRICIA

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 24 2014 11:33 p.m. MST

Patricia Lily Searle Lowder 1925 ~ 2011After 86 years filled with love and beauty, Grandma Pat slipped peacefully from this earthly existence on October 29, 2011.Patricia Lily Searle Lowder was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on September 28, 1925, the youngest of the six children of Keros H. and Lily Watkins Searle. She was hardy pioneer stock; her grandfather, John Watkins, barely surviving the trek to Utah with the Willie/Martin Handcart Company. Pat graduated from South High School in 1942, and was a proud "Cub" throughout her life. She was also a University of Utah grad.Pat's marriage to Dee H. Lowder on October 3, 1945 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple began a family that has since grown to a huge and loving legacy. Pat is survived by children Jeff (Nancy), Scott (Vickie), Chrisie and Walter Bascom, Jodi and Reed Hamblin, Brad (Sally), and Nancy and Donald Barker, 31 grandchildren and 58 great-grandchildren. Her beloved Dee preceded her in death September 3, 1992.She was also preceded by her parents, son Dan (Pat), grandson Michael Lowder, and siblings Mary Searle Schriever, Allen Searle, Phyllis Searle White, Beverly Searle Spencer, and Ruby Searle Brown.While she preferred the title "Mom," Pat also spent many years as a committed elementary school teacher as well as part-time model and actress. But her greatest love (after her family) was creating and sharing beauty. Mom blossomed later in life as a gifted artist, creating amazing paintings ranging from landscapes of beautiful Sonoma County where she spent much of her adult life, to striking portraits of her family and her Savior.Friends and family are invited to a viewing Friday, November 4 from 7 - 9 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East 10600 South, Sandy. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 5 at the Murray Utah North LDS Stake Center, 5200 South 700 West at 1:00 PM with a viewing prior to services, 11:3012:45. Interment will be at Wasatch Lawn, 3401 South Highland Drive. Online condolences may be shared atwww.larkincares.com and www.GmaPat.com.