May 20, 1946 – February 18, 2022
Thomasville, Georgia – Marilyn Lowry Jefferson died on February 18, 2022 after bravely battling a long illness.
Born on May 20, 1946, Marilyn was the middle child and only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Francis Lowry of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Marilyn graduated from East Mecklenburg High School in 1964. She was an exceptional student and the first to be named both Homecoming Queen and Carousel Princess. After high school, Marilyn attended Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she majored in math and was chosen as president of the Student Judicial Council. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. After graduating, Marilyn and several friends from Salem College moved to Denver, Colorado, where she taught high school math. After two years in Denver, Marilyn returned to the East Coast and moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where she worked for Aetna Life and Casualty.
Shortly after moving to Atlanta, Marilyn met Fred Jefferson on a blind date. The two married a year later. In 1975, Marilyn and Fred and their first daughter moved to Thomasville, Georgia, where she quickly became involved in the community. Marilyn has served on the Thomas County Library Board of Trustees, Girl Scout Troop Leader for two Troops, Math Tutor for the GED program at Thomas County Technical School, Sunday School Teacher , deacon of the First Presbyterian Church and fearless adopter of the Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society’s most unwanted dogs. Marilyn loved her bridge group, her book club, the activities of the Garden Club and addressed wedding invitations with her beautiful calligraphy. She will be remembered for her unwavering kindness, her love of handwritten personal notes, old-fashioned manners, gardening and above all, her love for her family and friends.
Marilyn died before the death of her parents, Janelle and Frank Lowry. Marilyn is survived by her husband of 50 years, Fred Jefferson; his daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Jon Balch of Atlanta, Ga. and their three sons, Duskin, Harrison and Will; his daughter and son-in-law, Anne and Jason Sorrells of Charlotte, North Carolina and their three children Jane Lowry, Lilly and Wade; brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Elizabeth Lowry of Charlotte, North Carolina; brother and sister-in-law, Rick and Suzanne Lowry of Charlotte, North Carolina; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Sue and Bobby Jefferson of Thomasville, Ga.; sister-in-law, Anne Jefferson Schwoebel of Charlotte, North Carolina; and many beloved nieces, nephews and godchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to First Presbyterian Church, 225 E Jackson Street, Thomasville, Ga. 31792 or Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society, 180 Big Star Drive, Thomasville, Ga. 31757.
There will be a private family burial service followed by a public celebration of life at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at First Presbyterian Church.
Published by Charlotte Observer on February 20, 2022.