Friday, May 24, 2019
Lowell Noble's Obituary
Hello dear family and friends of Lowell and Dixie Noble. This is Janet Pickar, a good friend[daughter-figure]to them and caretaker to Lowell for the past fifteen months of his life.
Dixie and I thought it a good idea[suggested by a dear friend, thank you]to share Lowell's obituary with you avid readers of his blog and ask if you would like to share some words for Dixie to read, that would be great. I just know she would love to hear from you. :)
Lowell Lappin Noble passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at home surrounded by his loving wife, Dixie, Paul & Janet Pickar and Karla Jensson. His wife, Dixie, a retired nurse, cared for him in a most professional and loving way. Lowell arranged for his body to be donated to Mayo for medical research.
He was born on August 28, 1926 on the Noble Centennial Farm west of Riceville, Iowa. He was the fourth of seven siblings. He was preceded in death by his parents, Merwin and Ruth Noble and by four brothers, Harlan, Weston, Russell and Dale. He is survived by his wife, Dorine[Dixie]; one brother, Joe; and one sister, Jo Ann Noble.
Lowell taught sociology and anthropology at Cascade College in Oregon from 1960-1969 and at
Spring Arbor University in Michigan, 1970-1994. He self-published three books,
Naked and Not Ashamed, Sociotiheology and From Oppression to Jubilee Justice.
At the time of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, Lowell experienced a second conversion--a conversion to a biblical social justice whose primary mission is to release the oppressed. For the next 50 years, he passionately studied and applied the extensive biblical teaching on oppression and justice. This included living for 35 years in black communities in Jackson, MI and Jackson, MS.
During the past five years, Lowell posted over 500 blogs on the biblical, historical and sociological dimension of oppression and justice here on his blog. His favorite Bible verse was Luke 4:18-19, which highlights four key concepts--the Spirit, the poor, the oppressed and Jubilee justice--key components of the kingdom of God.
For 30 years, Lowell has supported Christian Community Development in Haiti. He was DRIVEN to obtain justice for the poor and the oppressed. One way he put his beliefs into practice was to assist Christian Community Development[CCD] in a rural area of Haiti. Farmers and implement dealers in Iowa have greatly assisted with the farm program.
Other organizations and individuals have helped in establishing schools and churches.
Lowell's latest concern was the drilling of deep wells for six new communities. Right now, they are being 'hand dug', therefore, they have a higher chance of running dry.
Lowell served on the Rural Haiti Development Board. Therefore, he and Dixie have requested that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be given to RHD. Checks can be made out to Rural Haiti Development and can be sent to:
c/o Janet Pickar, treasurer
PO Box 247
Riceville IA 50466
100 percent tax-deductible receipts will be given for your generous donations to help our dear loved ones in Haiti.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 10:30am at the Riceville United Methodist Church.
We are sure when Lowell went with Jesus he was told,
"Well done, good and faithful servant."
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