Doris Franquez Lowe, 86, accomplished musician and piano instructor

Doris Franquez Lowe

Doris Franquez Lowe, 86, passed away peacefully Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in the presence of her beloved husband and children. She was born in 1933 in Hagatna, Guam, to James and Carmen Franquez.

She lived through the Japanese occupation of Guam during World War II. In 1955, she graduated magna cum laude from Marywood College in Scranton, Pennsylvania, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music (Piano). She completed her education with a Master’s Degree in Music from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., in 1957.

Doris met and married her husband, Cameron Lowe, while attending Catholic University. She followed her husband during his Navy career as a dental officer, which included assignments in Puerto Rico and Guam before settling in Virginia Beach in 1972. Doris’ passion was her family, followed closely by music, cooking and playing bridge. She was a gifted musician, teaching piano for more than 50 years and contributing her musical talents in roles from soloist and accompanist to music director at numerous Navy base chapels, as well Baylake United Methodist Church and Old Donation Episcopal Church. Doris was an accomplished bridge player, playing both recreationally and duplicate, later earning the rank of life master.

She leaves behind her devoted husband of 62 years; three wonderful children, Barrett (Betsy), Steven (Susan) and Leslie Brunick (Michael); six grandchildren, Jay (Stacy), Molly, Eliza, Bennett, Cameron and Anna; sister, Vivian Danielson (Arnie); brother, Joseph Franquez (Dolores); and countless extended family.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Parish Hall at Old Donation Episcopal Church, 4449 N. Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Doris F. Lowe to Old Donation Episcopal Church, 4449 N. Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23455.

Share online condolences with the family at Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory.

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