I can best describe my mom, Aree Lowther, as the most pure hearted person. She's truly an Angel who touched the hearts of so many. My mom's focus her entire life was me. She never wanted anything for herself. Her love is beyond anything I can put into words. Mom loved to garden where she grew tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and even watermelon. She also loved her cat Chester who she called "Tiger". Chester would spend time with her in the garden and never left her side. Mom also loved to go to the grocery store where in advance of us going she would constantly cut coupons. Mom loved to pray and every morning she would turn on the 700 Club, Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyers. She even provided monthly donations to help others. Her favorite colors were purple and red and you would see her wearing those colors alot.
Here is a short story of Aree Lowther's life. Mom is from Krissada Village near Bangkok, Thailand. She met my father during the Vietnam War and soon after the war, she flew to the United States to start a family in Clarksburg, WV.
Shortly after coming to the United States, I was born and from that point, her entire attention and mission in life was to raise me. Mom worked 6 to 7 days a week at a glass factory for almost 21 years and saved every cent of her hard labor for my college. Mom never came home from work and complained she was too tired for me. She also met some very caring friends at work who took great care of her.
After her shift was over on the weekends, I would go with her, as a little boy, to private classes for her to improve her English and learn to read and write as she only had an elementary education. Mom loved the United States of America and her goal from these classes was to become an American citizen. One of mom's proudest accomplishments was becoming a United States citizen.
Mom and I moved in 2002 to Bel air, MD and she was with me nearly everyday from that point. She loved Bel Air and one of her favorite activities was walking with me on the MA and PA trail. She always looked forward to seeing the animals along the way.
In 2010, unfortunately mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. From that point, slowly along the years, she depended on me more and more until the point she couldn't perform daily routine activities.
In 2012, Tracy and I were married and mom was able to be part of the reception. She was also part of our move to our new beautiful house in which enabled us to take care of her. She loved to sit outside and watch the pool, birds, and flowers with me. Mom also loved her baby boy doll that we got her in 2014. She named it "little Jason" and took care of it like a real baby. It brought her much happiness and we learned the one thing that Alzheimer’s cannot take away: a mother's love.
Early in 2022, mom had a bad fall and by this point her Alzheimer's had advanced greatly. From that point on, mom lived at The Senator Bob Hooper Hospice House in which we were able to visit her daily. She had the most amazing and loving care and it truly felt like a home there. On February 20, 2022 at 86 years of age, mom passed peacefully at The Hooper House.
Mom's life was remarkable! She faced many obstacles along the way but always stayed strong. Mom was truly an inspiration to me and I believe God blessed everyone that met her with the most pure hearted soul. I do truly believe that right now she is happy with her family. I love you mom with all my heart. You will be missed tremendously but I know in some way you are always with me. One day we will be together again and with family.
Those who desire may make contributions to Alzheimers Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Avenue 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001, or Senator Bob Hooper House, c/o Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation 520 Upper Chesapeake Drive, Suite 405, Bel Air, MD 21014.