Arlene Frances Low


FARMINGTON – Dr. Arlene Frances Low went home to her Lord and Savior on Saturday, Jan. 13, with her best friend, Gloria Harrison Lincoln by her side.

She was born in Richmond on Dec. 14, 1916, the first child and only daughter of the late Arlon W. and Emma T. (Brown) Low.

She attended elementary schools in Yarmouth and Shawmut and graduated from Lawrence High School, Class of 1933. In 1936, with her mother’s insistence, she went away to school and was a graduate of Farmington Normal School in 1940.

She received her bachelor degree from Boston University in 1948. In 1953, she was hired by the Aroostook State Teacher’s College as cadet supervisor working with student teachers, and earned her master’s degree in 1955 at the University of Maine at Orono.

She obtained the rank of professor of education, having earned the degree of doctor of education at Teacher’s College of Columbia University in 1965.

In 1956, she moved on to the Farmington State Teachers College as an associate instructor. She taught education courses as well as supervised student teachers for 20 years before leaving that position in December 1975.

During her active years, she was an active member of Henderson Memorial Baptist Church in Farmington for approximately 50 years. She took part in many activities such as Sunday school teacher, served on the board of trustees, was a deaconess, and also served on the board of christian education for two terms, where she chaired for one term. She also chaired the board of missions for two terms and also served on the long term planning committee for two terms. She was a member and past president of the Irene Luce Philathea class, and was a member and past president of the American Baptist Women.

She recently completed 50 years of membership in Kappa Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma, and honor society for women teachers. She also served as past president. She recently received recognition from the Benton Grange for 70 plus years of membership.

She was also a member and past grand royal matron of the Grand Court of Maine, Order of the Amaranth Inc., as well as member and past president of several other organizations.

After her retirement, she served four terms on the board of directors at SAD 9 school system. She traveled to Canada and our eastern seaboard, as well as traveling to Europe four times.

She enjoyed the study of genealogy, doing puzzles of all kinds and was an avid reader.

She will be sadly missed by her niece, Martha Vogt and her family; her nephews, John, Daniel, David and Stephen Low and their families; cousins; her special friends, Gloria Harrison Lincoln and Ethel Brown; and many other dear friends.

She was predeceased by her parents; and her brothers, Howard, Robert and Worth “Jack” Low.

Arlene would like to thank the staff at Orchard Park Living Center and Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice for their caring and compassion, and also the many friends who visited this past year.