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880 Hopmeadow Street
P.O. Box 335
Simsbury, CT 06070
Phone: 860-658-7613
Fax: 860-651-0476
Barbara Lowell

Barbara Lowell

May 7, 1929 - January 17, 2021
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Barbara Elston Lowell

May 7, 1929 to January 17, 2021

Barbara was born and lived in Collinsville/Canton almost her entire life. She passed peacefully at River Ridge at Avon on Jim’s birthday. Barbara was preceded in death by her loving husband, James B. Lowell Jr. and her middle son Mark Lowell. Barbara is survived by three children, Sandy, James III, who lives in Colorado, Jennifer York-Barr who lives in Minnesota, and Jeffrey Lowell who lives in Massachusetts, along with 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

Barbara was born to Clair and Irene Elston. Clair was the last president of the Collins Company. Barbara met her husband, Jim, while growing up in Canton and Collinsville. She graduated from Skidmore College, married Jim after college, and before Jim, who graduated from Dartmouth College, joined the Army to serve his country in Korea. Their first son, Sandy, was born while Jim was still in Korea.

Barbara was a business education teacher at Canton High School early on and finished her teaching career as a reading tutor at Canton Elementary School. She also served on the Collinsville Savings Society Board and the Canton Police Commission. Barbara and Jim were also very active in the Collinsville Congregational Church early on and then the Canton Center Congregational Church. The Collinsville Historical Museum was a passion for Barbara. The museum preserves a significant history of Collinsville as well as her family.

There will be a celebration of Barbara’s life this coming summer. Please email Barbara’s oldest son Sandy, [email protected] , if you would like to join the celebration this summer. The Vincent Funeral Home of Canton is caring for the arrangements. Please visit Barbara’s “Book of Memories” at for online tributes.
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    Collinsville, CT 06022
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Kathy McLeod Taylor

Posted at 02:08pm
We loved Barbara at the Canton Historical Museum. She worked there as long as she could. Lovely and kind woman.

Mary Hok

Posted at 10:26am
My sympathy to the family of Barbara Lowell. I lived in Canton (Hanson Road) for 37 years and Barbara was a good friend. I met her on the tennis court and played with her for a few years. I was membership person for many years at the Museum and met so many wonderful people. Your mom was a class act. I am now living in Wisconsin so I lost touch with Barbara but just wanted you to know that she will always have a place in my heart.

Mary Hok

Jeffrey Withey

Posted at 07:21am
Mrs. Lowell was the soul of kindness when we were terrible teenagers. She would welcome us into her home and treat us with respect and tolerance despite our disruptive and difficult behaviors. I remember her very fondly as being a leader in the community, a fierce advocate for education, and a loving mother to her kids. Jenny was a classmate of mine in the Spirit of ‘76 class at Canton High School. I am sure that she and Mark will continue the Lowell legacy of community involvement, family strength, and compassionate kindness. I am truly sorry for your loss and send you heartfelt condolences as you memorialize your mother. This message is sent with love and respect to you Lowells as you navigate this difficult time. Jeff Withey

Marianne Burbank Posted at 10:44am

I am sorry to hear of the loss of your mom, Jenny and brothers...The old guard is leaving us one by one....I miss these folks of the greatest generation and their strength of character, wisdom and love. May our memories sustain you. Marianne Humphrey Burbank

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