Dorothy I. Lower

Dorothy I. Lower

September 30, 1927 – January 9, 2020


Dorothy was born in York to Joseph and Edna Schneider.  Dorothy graduated from York High School in 1945.  She attended the University of Nebraska, receiving her bachelor’s degree in Music Education in 1949.  While a student there, she was privileged to accompany a finalist for Metropolitan Opera auditions at Carnegie Hall.  Dorothy married her high school sweetheart, Earl Anderson in 1953.  His work took them to Colorado and Geneva, Nebraska where children Nancy and Chuck were born, then to Chamberlain, South Dakota and finally to Hastings, Nebraska.  After Earl ‘s passing in 1973, she moved to Lincoln to be closer to her children, who were both attending UNL.

Dorothy taught music in Dewitt, Chamberlain and Hastings, was organist and/or directed church choirs in Chamberlain and Lincoln, accompanied for public school choirs in Lincoln and worked for the USDA in Lincoln.  In 1993, she married Dr. Darrell Lower and moved to Omaha.  Dorothy was a long-time member of P.E.O., in which she held many offices and treasured the relationships formed and good deeds done through that association.  She moved to Eugene, Oregon in 2015 to be near daughter, Nancy, where she died peacefully after a long life well lived.

Dorothy was preceded in death by both husbands and her beloved sister, Joyce.  She is survived by children, Nancy Anderson and Chuck Anderson (Stacey); and two grandsons; brother, Wyatt Lee Schneider (Sandra) and family, and brother-in-law, Ross Hecht and family.

Family will receive friends Saturday, January 25th from 10am to 11am, followed by a MEMORIAL SERVICE at 11:00am, all at the West Center Chapel. GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 3pm, Greenwood Cemetery, York, NE.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to P.E.O.




  • Joyce Ebers. P.E.O. Posted January 20, 2020 11:06 am

    Nancy and Chuck, your mother was a lovely, talented lady. She was an asset to our Chapter GU. Sincere condolences to your family.

  • Patsy Penry Posted February 24, 2020 1:54 am

    You shall rest in peace now dear friend and exneighbor.. I send your family my condolences.. Walk slowly and I shall see you again..

  • Teresa Zetterlund Posted April 17, 2021 10:38 pm

    Seeing that it has been over a year since your mother’s passing, This is a very late condolence but, I’m so sorry about your loss! My connection to your mother goes back to Chamberlain, SD Public School where she taught music. Have tried to find her over the years asking former teachers and alumni if they had any idea of her whereabouts or yours with no clues. Wanted to thank her for the music education I recieved from her and let her know that her time with me was well spent as it allowed me to have the knowledge to lead our small church choir and also provide vocal solos and small group special music as well for many years. Thought of her and used much of what she taught me so many times. Sorry to have missed the oportunity to write and tell her.
    It was good that she moved to be close to family. My mother passed in 2014, so the memories are all the more precious now..
    Teresa (Cook) Zetterlund
    12293 364th Ave
    Leola, SD 57456

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