Anna Lowe was born October 10,1926, in Taft, CA, where she lived most of her life. She was the oldest of seven children born to Harry and Pearl Lowe. The Lowe family ran a small department store where Anna worked when she wasn't studying. The store had two small rooms in back where the family lived. A basement provided a cool place to sleep in the hot Taft summers.
An excellent student, Anna attended Taft schools through high school, then went on to graduate from UC Berkeley, becoming the first in her family to receive a college education. All of her siblings followed in her footsteps as they became college age.
After college, Anna returned to her family home in Taft and worked at Bank of America during the day and Chun King Café in the evening. At this time she became reacquainted with George Miwa, who had been a classmate in school. George spent hours drinking coffee and visiting with Anna at the café. The two dated for a year and a half before marrying and starting their own family. They had a daughter, Karen, and a son, Rick.
When the children grew older, Anna left Bank of America, where she had been a loan and escrow officer for 17 years, and took a position at Taft College teaching business skills. She wanted to obtain a higher degree so she returned to school, this time San Jose State, and earned her Masters Degree in Business Education over the course of three summers. In addition to teaching, Anna and George served as advisors to the Taft College International Club. They enjoyed accompanying the group on field trips, organizing social events, and helping them navigate American culture. Several students lived in their home during their time in Taft, and many have maintained contact through the years. Anna felt one of her greatest achievements was the positive influence she had on her students. She retired from Taft College after a very rewarding 20-year career.
After retirement, Anna and George discovered a love of travel. They took cruises and visited many countries in Europe and Asia, often visiting former students and their families. There is an abundance of photographic evidence of this.
After George passed away in 2000, Anna stayed in Taft for 11 more years before moving to Fresno to be close to Karen and husband Glen. For 9 years, she lived at Atria Senior Living, where she made many new friends.
Anna's greatest joy was her grandchildren, Allen and Megan, and now her great granddaughter Adelyn, who she was able to meet on a video call this Christmas.
Anna passed away suddenly on December 31, 2020, at the remarkable age of 94. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Lawrence, sister-in-law Ilene, and brothers-in-law Jack and Masao. She is survived by children Rick, Karen and husband Glen, grandchildren Allen and wife Angelia, Megan and partner Evan, and granddaughter Adelyn, brother Albert and wife Tuey, and sisters Virginia, Louise and husband Tom, Frances and husband Jim, Nancy and husband Chilton, and sisters-in-law Vivian and Ruth, many nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Rest in peace, Mom. You are loved and greatly missed.
Published on January 11, 2021