S: Greg & Rosemary 50th Anniversary Tribute
BC: And the beat goes on..... | Amen, Brother!
FC: Happy 50th Anniversary Greg & Rosemary
1: This book is dedicated to Greg and Rosemary Lowell on their 50th Anniversary. On these pages, may you find the faces of those you love and those who love you. Congratulations! Love, Steve, Tom, Angela Tawn, Melanie, Savannah, Marie, Ava, Luke, Madeleine and Baby
2: Rosemary Milam Born November 25, 1940 Bloomington, IL
4: John Gregory Lowell Born December 13, 1936 LeRoy, IL
5: It truly is an honor to be included in this very special memory book for the once in a lifetime celebration of Greg and Rosemary's 50th Wedding Anniversary!! I am so proud of and happy for both of them and their many excellent achievements!! I am the oldest of Greg's five sisters and was so thankful and happy when we finally had a little brother!! He has always been very special to us, thoughtful, helpful, ready for a fun time, plus many other admirable qualities. We have always loved Rosemary too, and feel that the two of them are truly destined to be happy together always!! They should certainly be proud of their successful family too, who are already raising the "Next Great Generation"! Blessings to each and every one of you always!! Enjoy!! Love and Hugs, Madeleine
6: On this day, I thee wed... December 2, 1961
7: Greg & Rosemary Lowell
8: Let the fun begin!
10: First there was Stevie & Tommy...
11: and then came Angie!
12: Steven Michael Born August 18, 1965 | Ma & Dad, Thanks for always being there and sticking it out through all the ups and downs life brought your way. Although you did not speak the following words verbatim, I believe this poem encapsulates many of those life lessons you passed on to me. Steve
13: If If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies, Or, being hated, don't give way to hating, And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise; If you can dream - and not make dreams your master; If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with triumph and disaster And treat those two impostors just the same; If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to broken, And stoop and build 'em up with worn out tools; If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, And lose, and start again at your beginnings And never breath a word about your loss; If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew To serve your turn long after they are gone, And so hold on when there is nothing in you Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on"; If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch; If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you; I f all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds' worth of distance run - Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it, And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son! Rudyard Kipling
14: Savannah Marie Born April 6, 1994 | Grandpa and Lil Toots
15: Grandma & Grandpa, Thank you for being such wonderful grandparents! You have made my life so special, and I am thankful for your love over the years. It is a blessing to be your granddaughter, and just remember- no matter how old I grow to be, I will always be your very own "Lil' Toots". I love you both! May your 50th Anniversary be your most memorable one yet! Love Always, Savannah
16: Thomas Gregory Born September 13, 1966 | Dear Ma & Dad- Happy 50th Anniversary! I think I can best sum it up to the tune of "The Beverly Hillbillies"-- | Come and listen to a story about a man named Greg, Years ago he met a gal and soon they were wed. Then one day he was sellin' Chevrolets, When three gorgeous kids started fillin' up his days. Steve and Tom that is.... Oh yea, and Angie too. Well the first thing you know, they have a family, Rosemary said, "Let's move to the country!" Said, "West Chicago is the place we ought to be" Next thing you know, it's an Anniversary! 50 years that is.... 18,250 days Well as the the Lowell family grows, There's one thing I know, It's your love for one another That really drives this "Show". I just want to thank you folks For setting a good example, Man, it's really hard to Rhyme something with "example"! Y'all come back now, ya hear? | Love you, Tom ....... "Sample"...... Damn!
18: Luke Edward and Madeleine Elizabeth | Born November 11, 2008 | Born November 21, 2010
20: Angela Marie Born April 19, 1976
21: Dear Mom and Dad, Well, if you ask me..You done good! It wasn't until I became a parent that I have truly valued our relationship and the values, morals and integrity that you have instilled in me. You two are TRULY the best parents and Grandparents that have been put on this earth, you can ask Marie and Ava, Savannah, Luke and Cha Cha! Every day you two go above and beyond the job requirements. I was born with Dad's lack of patience, flat feet and eyebrows mixed in with Mom's kindness and thoughtfulness; and I wouldn't have had it any other way! The old saying of "you don't know what you got 'til it's gone", reared its ugly head for me on April 6, 2004. I had no idea how your life can change in an instant. Being a new mother of a 3 week old baby was just about to get a bit more complicated. I remember the call from the hospital, Dad's voice when he called me and how Tom drove speeding the entire way to Good Samaritan Hospital on the shoulder of 88 in 5 o'clock traffic to get there! Steve, Tawn, and Savannah were on a plane as soon as they could. This day showed me what a family is and what we do for one another. We are always there for our family in an instant and we were taught this by you two. Even though it was a scary time, the love of family and friends who were there and sent their love and prayers made us all more at ease. We made it through this hard time together and that is what life is all about! Mom is the miracle of the family and that whole experience has made me thankful of every day that I have on this earth! I know that I am lucky to have you as parents, Steve and Tom as brothers, Tawn and Melanie as sisters and my daughters Marie and Ava, my niece Savannah, nephew Luke, goddaughter Cha Cha and niece/nephew coming soon! I was told by a friend's mom that Mom is the nicest person one could ever know and she was right, you are! Thank you, Mom and Dad for making me who I am today. I am thankful for you both. 50 years together is such an accomplishment but add two boys and a girl to raise, kind of makes me tired just thinking about it! What it means to me to be your child is never having to doubt your love or support for me. You have both been there for me every day and I feel closer to you both now more than ever. I hope that I can be the type of parent you have been to me, to my own daughters, Marie & Ava. Love, Your littlest babe
22: Marie Rose Born March 14, 2004
23: Ava Georgia Born June 26, 2006
24: Dear Greg & Rosemary, Congratulations on 50 years of marriage! You have always made me feel so welcome in the family and I am happy to be a part of it. Greg- thank you for teaching Tom to be a "man's man". He is honorable., respectful, responsible and loving.. A true Gentleman- just like his father. Rosemary- thank you for giving Tom your grace, patience and understanding. Because of the two of you, Tom is a wonderful husband and father. I am truly honored to be married to him and I am confident with your support, guidance and example, we too will make it to 50 years! - Much love, Melanie | Greg & Rosemary, Knowing you has been such a blessing in my life. Since that first Christmas Steve brought me home to meet you, I knew all the terrible "in-law" jokes would not apply to my in-laws! God has blessed me with your love and friendship. Thank you for your support over the years, and congratulations on 50 wonderful years together! I love you both! Love, Tawn
25: Greg & Rosemary, Congratulations on your 50th! All the best! Love, Bob
26: Fifty Years with Rosemary & Greg, You can pick your nose but you can't pick your in-laws... My first memory of the man that would marry my sister was of him chasing me in the front yard of my home on Bissell Street in Bloomington, IL. I was four years old and this was not a fun "tag, you're it" sort of chase; you see Greg was really ticked off. As children are prone to do, I had spilled a completely full Steak 'n Shake vanilla milkshake on the seats and floor of his brand new Pontiac Grand Prix. My mother was not going to have her little boy assaulted by the would be son-in-law, so my body and life were spared, but there was going to be work to do to rebuild the bridge of friendship and trust. I'm fifty-five now and they have been married for fifty years. I'm very proud and happy for them as I was for my parents (Bob and Marie) whose fifty year anniversary adorns the wall of my family room. But I happen to know that there have been some bumps in the road. I don't think I'll damage our relationship too much if I share what happened early in the marriage when Greg and my sister lived in a small apartment in the Chicago suburbs. You see, Greg obviously didn't really know how resourceful and ready to fight my sister could be. He didn't know that the Milams descend from the great and famous Benjamin Rush Milam who instigated the fighting at the Alamo by defeating the first army sent to Texas by Santa Ana from Mexico. After being told in a politically incorrect way by her husband how things would be by telling her to "get him some ice cream", Rosemary served him up a bowl full of Crisco. I'm pretty sure that Greg still remembers the taste to this very day! Obviously they have worked things out and have fought the good fight to make their marriage work and launched three wonderful children. We share many fond memories of holidays together and I have learned much about doing life from my beloved Sister and Brother-in-Law. From assembling toys together on Christmas Eve, to installing dish washers to and hanging wall paper, we have done life together. I made it to the Lowell Bed and Breakfast every Christmas I could (except for the ones I spent beneath the Pacific Ocean on a submarine) and almost every other time I could while traveling to build my business, because I just loved being around them at their home. There was an aroma of love and joy and yes, Jesus Christ at the Lowell home.
27: Yes, I learned many lessons about live from my dear Sister and "brother". When life didn't make sense and I just needed someone to listen about life's valleys (namely my two failed marriages), they were there for me and they just listened and cried with me. At age 33, when God had allowed the "props "in my life to be systematically removed leaving room for only Him, Rosemary and Greg cheered me on as I approached the throne of Grace and accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior. I vividly remember Greg sharing with me that he had been praying for me for a long time. M. Scott Peck's opening line in his book "Road Less Traveled" is "Life is Difficult." That is so true and that is why we have been given family. In the end, all that really matters in this life is who will weep when you are gone. It's not the toys, awards, good times and friends, although those are good and we have shared many of those, but the deep relationships and knowledge of the Truth that extends into eternity. I could go on and on, but I'll just leave it that I am so fortunate to have had my loving, authentic and beautiful sister Rosemary as well as the man she married- who in many ways has modeled manhood and fatherhood well for me. They are special beyond what words can describe and have been a rock for me as I've struggled to be a good father to my own two lovely, smart and talented girls. It is said that one of the few things that cannot be purchased is a fifty year anniversary. May the Lord continue to bless them and keep them and make His face to shine on them as they celebrate this amazing and wonderful accomplishment. Rick (Ricky, Richard) Milam
30: Families share
31: Special Times together!
32: The Central DuPage Hospital Nurses Good friends throughout the years!
34: The Falcones | MY FAVORITE MEMORY WAS WHEN WE WENT TO SPAIN, COMPLIMENTS OF CHEVROLET. WE HAD SUCH A GOOD TIME I WILL NEVER FORGET IT. JOE AND GREG HAD BEEN FRIENDS WORKING TOGETHER FOR ABOUT 15 YEARS. WE WENT TO MANY OCCASIONS AND ENJOYED THE COMPANY. EVEN THOUGH JOE IS GONE THEY STILL KEEP IN TOUCH WITH ME AND I APPRECIATE THAT VERY MUCH. CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR 50TH! LOVE TO YOU BOTH! Kay Falcone
36: Congratulations! Rosemary, I remember at 5 years old, sitting in my rocker near the open fire and holding your mother in my arms. And Greg, I remember you two coming to California and stopping to visit me in Oakland on your way to visit the Valley. Congrats, Bertha C Fouche
37: After Rosemary and I finished our nurses training, Rosemary worked on 3 North and Mennonite Hospital and I worked for an Obstetrician. At this time Greg sorted mail on the train traveling to California so he was gone for short periods of time. When he was home, the three of us would go out for drinks. Frequently Rosemary had to go to work at 11 pm. My assignment was to stay with Greg until the bars closed. Her theory was if I was with him, he wouldn't be looking at other girls! I guess her theory worked! Congrats on 50 years! Luann Ladwig
38: The Kramers... Ann, Ron, Kelly and Kurt
39: Greg and Rosemary. Living, loving and surviving 50 years of marriage is a feat in itself! We have only observed you as a couple for 11 years, since the marriage of your son Tom to our daughter, Melanie. If Tom's and Melanie's "11 years young" marriage is based on your example, they, too, can expect to celebrate a blessed married life. | Our admiration for you is exemplified in the care, love and dedication you have committed to helping raise your 2 grand-daughters, especially after recovering from Rosemary's horrendous accident . The daunting task of daily child care is overwhelming when we are young, but your ability and success in doing so in your retirement years is commendable with gold medals in the Grandparent Olympics. We are in awe. You have defined "family love" in your support of Angela and the girls, while balancing the same love for your sons, Steve and Tom, and their children. We congratulate and revere your 50 year dedication to each other and to your exuberant family. Our daughter is a very lucky girl to have you as her in-laws, and our mutual grandchildren, the luckiest of all. With much love and admiration, Mary and Harold
54: A Good Sense of Humor! | How do you make it to 50 years?