Janelle Meche Lowe
Janelle was born and raised in Beaumont, Texas, while spending her earlier years in Port Arthur and Groves. She was born on June 6, 1955 to her mother, Dorcas Powell Meche and her father, Joseph Clayus Meche.
She is survived by her husband, Thomas Lowe, born and raised in Beaumont and currently of the Dallas area, daughter, Sabrina Lowe of Wylie, Texas; son, Kristopher Lowe and his wife, Rhonda, of Wylie, Texas; two Shih Tzu Dogs, Daisy and Piper; sister, Debra and her husband, Phil Creore, of Orlando, Florida; brothers, Billy Meche and his wife, Linda, of Beaumont, Texas and Bobby Meche of Hurst, Texas; sisters, Melinda Meche and Connie Soria, both of Hurst, Texas; brother-in-law, Jerry Lowe and his wife, Tabitha, of Lumberton, Texas; three grandchildren and many others who knew her as “MiMi”; sixteen nieces and nephews; ten great-nieces and nephews.
Janelle was a 1973 Graduate of French High School in Beaumont. After graduation, she worked as a dispatcher for the Beaumont City Police Department. After meeting the Love or Her Life, Tom Lowe, they were married and moved away, making many stops across the United States before finally making roots in the Dallas area.
Out of this union became two of the most important people in her life, her children, Sabrina and Kristopher, that she loved and cherished dearly. She also became a lover of Shih Tzu dogs and started raising puppies but could never let one go without knowing that they were going to good homes and then checking on them afterwards to make certain. Two of the puppies became her favorites, Daisy and Piper, which were always by her side. She dressed them like children and put bows in their hair. They remained by her side until the end. Janelle had a passion for life and a love for God and family.
Seldom did you ever see her without a smile, even in the last days of her life while battling the ALS disease. She loved to laugh! Some of her favorite things were crafting, (stamping, sewing, scrap booking, quilting, and mosaics), but her favorite thing was cooking, (especially during the holidays). Her favorite holiday was Christmas where she always prepared a big feast and was always the one who organized our families get together. She also, loved the beach where she once lived for a short while during their traveling days. Janelle loved being there with family as well as sitting on a deck or beach by herself just enjoying the sea breeze, water, and sand.
Last and most of all, Janelle loved giving. She always found the time to help others and even made a place in her home for those in need. Even as ALS made her life short, she was able to fulfill her wishes and give again for one last time as she took her last breath on earth.
She was a successful Organ Donor. The night she passed away, we found that she helped save the lives of someone in Louisiana and Texas, as well as helping others in the future.
A gathering of Mrs. Lowe’s family and friends will begin at 11:00 a.m. with her memorial service to follow at 12:00 p.m., Saturday, April 11, 2015, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.
The family would like to take this time to thank all the special care givers that helped Janelle during her time of illness, and especially to the loving Donor team for all their kind words, love and prayers. To her cousin and best friend, Gina Thibodeaux, of Lafayette who made many trips to help take care of her, take her shopping, cooking for her and the family, to be by her side, and hold her hold her hand when she needed it. To Connie, who always showed up with Janelle’s favorite cup cakes, to listen and help Janelle see the positive side of things, and for all those beautiful pictures she shared with her on Face Book each weekend. Last and most of all, a very special “Thank You” to Rhonda Lowe who unselfishly took care of her mother-in-law until the very end.
The journey through the ALS illness was long and hard, but Janelle always had a smile on her face and love in her heart. You now have your wings Janelle, So Fly High! It was in Janelle’s wishes that everyone attending the service to please wear pink.
Glinda Jeanise Harvey
Chester “Eddie” Stockton