Laureen "Mickie" Lower

ROCHELLE — Laureen “Mickie” Lower, 88, passed away at her home on June 15, 2019 in Rochelle.  
Laureen was born Nov. 26, 1930 in Dixon to Harold and Margaret (Fitzsimmons) Mickens where they lived in many locations throughout Illinois. She was joined in married on Feb. 27, 1954 to John E. Lower of Rochelle and was employed as a communications operator before becoming the greatest mother in the world. They raised five daughters and one son whom will forever miss her and remember her with the greatest of memories.
She is survived by her children, Margaret (Peggy) Kingsbury, Gloria Lower and Carol (Lee) White all of Rochelle, John (Ella) Lower of Papillion, Nebraska, and Judith (Eric) Vancil of Sycamore. She was the proud grandmother to nine and a great-grandmother to eight with one on the way in September 2019; a brother-in-law, Paul Lower; sister-in-law, Joanne Lower, of Rochelle; and many nieces and nephews.  
 She is proceeded in death and joined in heaven by her parents; her loving, husband, John in 2000; and her daughter, Mary Ann in 2018.
Mickie loved to read, had a “green thumb,” any kind of games, crafting and being an all-around mom.  She was the rock of our family and always there for us when we needed her.

Visitation will be Thursday, June 20 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Beverage-Lyons Family Funeral Homes, 704 N. Sixth N. Sixth in Rochelle with the rosary being recited by Sister Judy Herrmann, RSM at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday June 21 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Rochelle at 11 a.m. with visitation from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Memorials may be directed to the family. Services were entrusted to Beverage-Lyons Family Funeral Homes. Visit


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