Nancy Lowe Gahagan PDF Print E-mail

Nancy Lowe Gahagan went home to be with the Lord on Monday, April 17, 2017.  She was the wife of the late Charles Gahagan and daughter of the late John and Mary Lowe.  She is survived by John (brother) and Kathy Lowe [Portland, OR]; Drew (son) and Frances Gahagan [Brunswick, GA]; Joy (daughter) and Bob Drawdy [Palm Bay, FL]; Jeanne (daughter) and John Cowen [Cary, NC]; Rachel (granddaughter) and Allen Keller and great-grandsons Brandon and Logan; Kevin Gahagan, Ryan Drawdy and Joshua Drawdy (grandsons); Zack (grandson) and Bianca Drawdy; Kayla Drawdy (granddaughter); Mark Gahagan (grandson) and Deana Byers; and Casey Cowen (stepgrandson).

All friends and family are invited to a visitation on Thursday, April 20 from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm at 138 Hidden Cove, Brunswick, GA.  A service of celebration is planned for Saturday, April 22 at 2:00 pm at The Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Newberry, SC, with The Reverend Tim Erskine officiating.  A graveside service and interment at Newberry Memorial Gardens will immediately follow the service.  The family will receive friends in the church social hall from 1:00 until 2:00 pm.

Nancy was born in Miami, Florida, on August 5, 1933. She was active in Brownies and Girl Scouts. She came to know the Lord in Shenandoah Presbyterian Church.  She graduated from Miami High School and completed her accounting degree at Florida State University in three years with honors. While at FSU, she was the business manager for the school newspaper “The Flambeau” and loved to compete in ping pong.  After college, she began her professional career as a business and typing teacher in Atlanta public schools before meeting and marrying her husband of almost fifty years, Charles Gahagan in 1955.  Nancy served a number of Presbyterian churches alongside her pastor husband in Greensboro, GA; Lickville and Simpsonville, SC; Winnsboro, SC and Newberry, SC.  She was active in women's ministries and in the Christian education of children and adults.

Nancy continued her professional career after beginning a family working under Alton Hoy, CPA, in Winnsboro.  She was one of the first women in South Carolina to pass the CPA exam and received her certificate in 1967.  Upon moving to Newberry, SC, she set up her own CPA practice on Calhoun Street and supported area businesses, farmers, municipalities and individuals for over twenty years until her retirement.  Nancy loved Girls Scouts and was a troop leader in Newberry for many years.

Adult literacy was her gift to the community, and many people in Newberry and in Albany, GA, learned to read while studying with "Miss" Nancy. She was an avid reader, and shared her love of reading with others.  In 1999, she was presented the Harry Weber Literacy Award for outstanding contribution to the cause of literacy in Newberry County.

Nancy lived in Albany for almost ten years after her husband's death. At that time, she reconnected with Tom Williams, a widowed college friend.  The two of them maintained a supportive, long-distance relationship for fourteen years.  Nancy moved to Brunswick with her Siamese cat Holly to live with her son and daughter-in-law in 2013.  She was a member of Altama Presbyterian Church.

She made a difference everywhere she lived and worked in her 83 years, and she helped change many lives for the better.  Some people attributed their commitment to Christ as a direct result of her involvement in their lives.  No children ever had a mother who was more committed to seeing them succeed in this life and the one in eternity.  She is home now in glory but is sorely missed by those who knew her.

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#11 Susie Berry 2017-04-25 13:02
So sorry to hear of your loss. May Our Lord comfort you and your family during this time!
Susie (Nichols) Berry
#10 Susan and Mack Clary 2017-04-24 12:36
Our thoughts are prayers are with all of you. May God bless you with precious memories.
#9 Robin Bailey Cox 2017-04-22 09:09
Joy, Jeanne,Drew and families,
I was saddened to hear about Mrs. Nancy. I have many memories but I am forever thankful for the two counted cross stitch pieces she did for me. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Heaven gained a beautiful angel and we will see her again one day.
#8 Eric&Maryann Plummer 2017-04-21 11:47
Jeanne,I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
#7 Jackie 2017-04-21 09:21
Jeanne and family:
So sorry to hear about your mother. I have so many wonderful memories of her and girl scouts! She was a precious person! You are all in my thoughts and prayers!

Jackie (Brown) Hamilton
#6 Lisa Burke 2017-04-20 14:21
Jeanne and family,
Your Mother was such a sweet lady. Always enjoyed seeing her when she would visit Cary. I am so sorry for your loss. Many Prayers.
#5 Anita O. Kinard 2017-04-20 10:00
Jeanne, I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother! Keeping you in thought and prayer! GOD Bless! Anita (Ochiltree) Kinard (NHS Class of '81)
#4 Millie Livingston 2017-04-20 09:03
Joy, Jeanne & Drew,
Sorry to hear of your mom's passing, and will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Your mom was a credit to our profession, as well her faith.
Take care,
#3 Lanel Counts Crawfor 2017-04-20 08:18
Joy, Jeanne, and Drew,
Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your families during this time.
#2 TARA MADRAY PRICE 2017-04-20 07:24
Mrs. Nancy was my favorite scout leader ever here in Newberry. I was lucky enough that she was director of Camp Holly Springs for almost my entire scouting time. My thoughts and prayers to her family.
#1 Cecil & Leigh Ringer 2017-04-19 20:52
Drew, Joy, Jeanne, and families:
So many great memories of your mom (and dad) during our "growing up" years! What a blessing your family was to be around. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.