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Mary Lou Parr Loewenstern – December 11, 2017

Mary Lou Parr Loewenstern, 88 of Amarillo died Monday December 11, 2017.
Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 22, 2017, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Private burial will be at Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Born in Amarillo, Texas to Sara Louise Brandt Parr and Walter C. Parr, Mary Lou graduated from St. Mary’s Academy and attended Amarillo College. She met her lifetime love, Hugo Loewenstern who was a musician, in 1950 and they married in 1951. They joined the Tommy Dorsey Band to open the Houston Shamrock Hotel and from there, were due to travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina until Mr. Dorsey cancelled the tour. The band did one-nighters across the states to California, playing in all the west coast venues and also Canada. When Dorsey planned another tour to the east coast, Mary Lou and Hugo decided to settle in Hollywood where Hugo had opportunities to work with several major big bands. In 1952, they returned to Amarillo to raise their family and Hugo joined the family real estate company.
Besides loving to cook, sew and garden as Hugo and she raised their six children, Mary Lou was active in Avondale Elementary and Sam Houston Junior High PTAs. In 1969, she joined the Amarillo Symphony Guild and served on the board in 1970 as Chairman of Publicity and Promotion for Action Opus 70 to benefit the symphony. She served on the guild board 1971-1972 as Recording Secretary, and on the Amarillo Symphony Board 1972-1973. She was Chairman of Jamboree of the Arts, a successful fundraiser for the Special Olympics Panhandle Area 16.
Mary Lou was asked to join a small group of women who saw the need of an alliance to support and finance the new Amarillo Museum of Art. She was on the nominating committee to select the first board of Alliance Officers and was Chairman of Publicity and Fundraising Promotions to benefit the museum.
In the eighties, Mary Lou started painting in oil, watercolor and pastel. She served on the Amarillo Fine Arts board for two years. As an Amarillo artist, her paintings were exhibited over the years including the Amarillo Art Museum’s exhibition and auction “Eight Who Paint”. At the AMOA, her name was on the Wall of Women honoring local artists. In the 90’s her interest in miniature art resulted in acceptance as a member of the Painters, Sculptors and Engravers of Washington DC. Her miniatures received awards and citations up until the time of her death.
In later life Mary Lou sang with Hugo’s local music group playing for the Veterans’ Hospital Nursing Homes and Senior Citizens.
Mary Lou and her beloved husband of sixty-five years travelled the world, enjoyed family vacations, and spent good times at Lake Tanglewood with their children, grandchildren, extended family and friends.
She is preceded in death by husband Hugo, son Kevin Loewenstern, brother Bill Orsello and sisters Patricia Bowles and Shirley Thompson. She is survived by children Tara Loewenstern and husband Steven Crossley, David Loewenstern, Dana Isaac and husband Deke, Tina Lionstar, Keith Loewenstern and wife Melanie, daughter-in-law Becky Loewenstern, sister Katy Rowntree, brother Tom Parr and wife Sharon, grandchildren Thane and Evan Isaac, Sam Quattelbaum, Clista, Sarah, Nick Loewenstern, Ryan Loewenstern, Jacob Loewenstern and Allison and great-granddaughter River, nieces and nephews Marci Ellison, Jerry Glick Melanie Culp, Jason and Eric Wallace, Shannon DeFord, Reagan Wilcox, Brian Thomas and John Egan.
Suggested donations should be made to Olivia’s Angels. Or, donate to a local Parkinson’s charity in the name of Hugo and Kevin Loewenstern.


  • Bobby Vail Posted December 16, 2017 12:36 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Mary Lou was one special lady. You are all in our prayers.

  • Randy Cates Posted December 16, 2017 2:21 pm

    I was so very sorry to hear about Mary Lou’s passing. Next to my own Mom she was my all time favorite mom! She actually wrote me a note after my mom passed away telling me she realized it wouldn’t be the same but she could be my mom too. I’m not sure she realized how much that meant to me. She was always so kind and went out of her way to make sure you felt welcome in her home. The entire Loewenstern Family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Audrey Bryant Hargrove Wink Posted December 17, 2017 10:52 am

    My condolences to the Loewenstern Family, the Rowntree Family and to Tom and Sharon Parr.
    The information concerning your Mother and your sister’s life has been shared with the Price Memorial College and St. Mary’s Academy Alumni Group.
    What a wonderful life she had!

  • Beth Thomas Posted December 21, 2017 5:56 pm

    I painted with marylou. And the 8 who paint .i consider her as a very close friend. I will miss her and she was a joy to know. Love to the family .beth thomas

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