We learned that John Lowery’s wife, Sandy passed away on January 15, 2023. Sadly, it was not unanticipated, as her demise was caused by pancreatic cancer. This is one of the most brutal forms of cancer. Only 3% of those so inflicted survive. The most insidious part of this disease is that there are no symptoms when it invades the pancreas.
When the patient learns they have contracted cancer, it is too late. It is insidious, and our heart goes out to the Lowery family. John, the president of Applied Innovation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, informed us back in November that Sandy had been diagnosed with it.
In one sense, God was merciful as she did not linger and went quickly. The last time we saw Sandy was at the Jillian Fund dinner, as John had invited us to sit at his table. She was an amazing woman in so many ways. Most of all, she was kind and gracious. We had a chat that evening, and she seemed so alive, and that is how we will remember her.
She had a successful career as a surgical nurse. In addition, she was an important part of the team at Applied Innovation, and since its inception 35 years ago worked in payroll. Carrie Mann, John’s executive assistant, is the person we rely on to get us the information we need and make sure we speak with the right person at Applied Innovation. She does far more than that and is a very important person in the Lowery inner circle.
We would like to share with you what Carrie had to say when we reached out to her to get all the information necessary to pay our respects.
My heart is broken. I take comfort knowing Sandy is with our Lord and I was able to let her know how much I loved her. I am happy to share details as they become available. Thanks
for keeping the Lowery family in your thoughts and prayers.
It was amazing to CJ and me the number of times that the people we work with in our industry would ask us how Sandy was doing. They did not know the extent of her illness and we let them know how ill she was. It was no surprise how many people in our industry knew her and loved her.
An obituary is available that has all the important details of her life, and you can reach it by clicking here.
We wanted our readers to know about Sandy’s death and her commitment to helping others. Memorial contributions may be made to HELP Pregnancy Aid’s “Vision 2025” campaign. They are located at 705 Bridge Street NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504. Please join us in honoring her memory and contributing.
John and his family are grateful for the hundreds of people who lifted Sandy up in prayer during her battle with cancer and especially during the last few weeks of her life.
May God grant Sandy eternal peace and rest and welcome her home.