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Lowell Smith Donation Making an Impact

By Sarah Griggs, Executive Director

It wasn’t so long ago that we remembered JoAnn Newman’s love for community and making a difference. JoAnn’s good friend, Lowell Smith, continues their shared commitment to make a difference and give back.  

Lowell Smith was proud of his community and country. Lowell’s passion for gardening, history and travel was inspiring to those around him. Since his passing, he has left an indelible footprint in Arkansas City.  

Proudly, Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor is among the charities Lowell and his wife, Dorothy, blessed.  “We are honored to have had Lowell as a resident, but to know he remembered us in his estate plans is extraordinary,” says Sarah Griggs, executive director.  

Lowell was a faithful friend and companion to JoAnn Newman who died in November 2020. They traveled the world and coordinated retiring to the Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor, where they both resided.  

“Lowell loved to share his knowledge of gardening along with his memories of history and experiences,” says Griggs. “When he moved in, he continued his passion for gardening and took ownership of our back patio. Each year the patio was full of color and beauty, which impacted the lives of all our residents.”

Lowell’s legacy will have a long-term impact on resident programs. Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor is grateful for his careful planning and desire to make a difference.  

If you are interested in learning how you can create your own legacy, visit Any size of gift from your estate makes an impact. Contact Sarah Oenning at 316-652-6222 or

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