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Mrs. Betty Lowry , née Jeanmard
Graduated 1954

Home:
110 Shadycrest Ave.
Lafayette, La 70501

Work:
Lowry's Printing and Signs
2004 W. Pinhook Rd.
Lafayette, La 70508
betty@lowrysprinting.com

Home Phone: 337-233-2307
Work Phone: 337-261-0139
Fax: 337-261-0525
Email: betty@lowrysprinting.com

Jan. 25, 2015
AN News

Red Jackets: Betty Lowry reigns as queen of Black, White and Read All Over Mardi Gras Ball

Jan. 25th updated.

Queen Betty Lowry and King Edward Habetz toast with
Queen Betty Lowry and Kind Edward Habetz toast the crowd during the inaugural Daily Advertiser Black, White, and Read All Over Mardi Gras Ball Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at the Cajundome in Lafayette, La. Photo by Leslie Westbrook, The Advertiser.

The inaugural Daily Advertiser Black, White and Read

Click here for the photo gallery of the event.

Kris Wartelle, Daily Advertiser, Jan. 10, 2015

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Betty Lowry, co-founder of Lowry’s Printing and Copying and great-granddaughter of Daily Advertiser founder William Bailey, is pictured at Lowry’s Wednesday, January 7, 2014. She is the queen of The Daily Advertiser Black, White and Read All Over Mardi Gras ball to be held Jan. 24.(Photo: Leslie Westbrook, The Advertiser)

Betty Jeanmard Lowry, 81, of Lowry’s Printing and Copying, has been a newspaper reader all of her life. It makes sense, considering she grew up in the printing business. In fact, her great-grandfather, William Baily, founded The Daily Advertiser some 150 years ago.

“He started out as an apprentice printer,” Lowry said. “Then he went off to participate in the Civil War. When he came back, he (became) the first publisher of the newspaper.”

This year, The Daily Advertiser will celebrate its 150th anniversary with something new yet familiar to Louisiana residents. The newspaper will hold the first annual Black, White and Read All Over Mardi Gras Ball, complete with royalty, refreshments and entertainment.

Naturally and quite appropriately, our organizers turned to Lowry to request that she reign as queen over the event.

“I was kind of surprised,” Lowry said when she heard the news. “But, you know, being the great-granddaughter and all, I’m happy to be a part of the celebration.”

Lowry, known as “Momma B” to her five children and grandchildren, is planning a lot of newspaper-themed surprises for her family and friends who attend the ball. Lowry’s daughter, Mella Viera, is helping her make special decorations to match her newspaper robe.

“We are making newspaper flowers, paper crowns, we’ve got tambourines and all the decorations for the king and queen’s table,” Viera said. “We are even going to have two pages. Her two grandchildren will be newsboys with rolled up newspapers. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Although Lowry grew up in Lafayette and is part of an old, established family, she said she never really participated in balls or Mardi Gras krewes before. And, she said, she certainly has never been royalty before. So we asked her to sit down with us and share with readers a few of her royal thoughts, as The Daily Advertiser’s queen for a day.

Question: As queen for a day, what are some things you would like to decree?

Answer: Everybody would get a day off of work. Bring Mardi Gras back downtown on Jefferson. We can’t hang out on Jefferson anymore, the way the parades roll now. And work together to promote Acadiana.

Q:Anything else?

A: And eat a lot of king cake.

Q:What is your majesty’s favorite King Cake?

A: Keller’s. I grew up with Keller’s. I even used to go to their old location when Pop Keller would sit in there and make the roses for the cakes. That was a long time ago, of course.

Q:What will you be wearing for the royal ball?

A: Black palazzo pants, a black, shiny jacket and a red top. And some shoes with a little bit of a heel.

Q:Sensible shoes? Like the Queen?

A: Yes, sensible shoes.

Q:How would you like you and your reign to be remembered?

A: I’d like to be remembered as a fun leader. It will be a memorable day for me.

Next week, meet Ed Habetz, a 50-year employee of The Daily Advertiser and the king of the first annual Black, White and Read All Over Ball.

Want to go?

Black, White and Read All Over Mardi Gras ball presented by The Daily Advertiser

7pm. to 12am.

Sat., Jan. 24

Cajundome Convention Center

Tickets are $30 for subscribers, $40 for non-subscribers. Available for purchase at The Daily Advertiser offices at 1100 Bertrand in Lafayette.

Athletic Network Footnote by Ed Dugas:

Click here for Betty’s Athletic Network Profile.

Click here for Lowry’s bumper sticker promotion of the Athletic Network.

Click here for Betty, Corinne, and other Red Jackets celebrating 2013 Homecoming.

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Fall 2004 Alumni Spotlight

For Betty and William ‘Peanut’ Lowry, there are few memories more precious than their college years at SLI. “Most of the good things that have happened to me are a direct result of graduating from SLI,” Peanut said. It’s that sense of appreciation that inspired the Lowrys to join the UL Lafayette Alumni Association and to volunteer to help the organization with its community events. “Although we have always supported UL Lafayette athletics, we have now gotten to an age when old memories of all our college days are important,” Betty said.

The former Mary Elizabeth Jeanmard, Betty was a member of the Red Jackets, a campus spirit group, at SLI. Along with other former members, she helped organize the first Red Jacket Reunion earlier this year and assembled a database of names of more than 200 members who were Red Jackets between 1938 and 1959. “It is always fun to renew old friendships and to meet people you missed knowing the first time around,” she said. “The Red Jacket Reunion stirred up a lot of memories of halftime shows with balloons and pom-poms. “Betty graduated from SLI in 1954 with a degree in chemistry. Fifty years later, she didn’t let the golden anniversary of her graduation go unnoticed. This spring she made dozens of phone calls to former classmates, encouraging them to attend a Golden Anniversary Reunion she helped plan. Like his wife, Peanut finds himself urging others to support the University and the Alumni Association. His mantra: “Don’t miss the opportunity to keep up with your classmates while promoting UL.”

For several years, he was president of the S-Club (now the Ragin’ Cajun Lettermen Club). The organization includes past and present athletes who have lettered in their particular sport. It holds an annual induction ceremony into its Hall of Fame. As S-Club president, Peanut was responsible for coordinating the group’s participation in Homecoming, an event which gave him the chance to “see old friends and renew friendships” from his time at SLI. He graduated from the University in 1952 with a degree in business administration. For the past 23 years, the couple have operated Kwik Kopy Printing. As members of Lafayette’s business community, Betty said it makes good sense to actively support the university. “By supporting UL Lafayette through its Alumni Association, you are lending your support to Lafayette’s economy,” she said. “Not enough of us realize what the University means to Lafayette.”