Maria Cinta Lowe, 90, of Ridgefield passed away on August 20th, 2021 at home surrounded by her family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, and lived a life of purpose as a staunch activist and community leader.
Born in 1931 in Tortosa, Spain and proud of her Spanish heritage, Maria Cinta was the daughter of Concepcion Rubio Cano and Augusto Arraut and the third of five sisters. She attended Teachers College in Spain before marrying the love of her life, James Bryson Lowe, in 1952 and moving to the United States.
The Lowes raised their five children in Ridgefield, CT; opening their home to family, friends and those in need. No matter the time of the day, visitors were always welcome, to enjoy Maria Cinta’s garden and have meaningful conversation over a shared meal.
As her children grew older, Maria Cinta turned her attention to community service, translating her belief in the right for all people to be treated with respect and dignity. Her activism centered around giving a voice to those who were unable to speak for themselves.
A woman of strong conviction and not one to back down from what was right, Maria Cinta was a tireless advocate for immigrant rights. In 1990, she became the Executive Director of the Hispanic Center in Danbury, where she was instrumental in the growth of the center, leaving her mark on the community through her leadership. Maria Cinta worked with various state and local agencies and was an active board member participating in organizations which reflected diversity in her values and commitments.
Maria Cinta impacted the lives of countless people as an advocate for human, immigrant and children’s rights. She remained active in many areas in the community and was a firm believer in education as a vehicle to help individuals reach their potential. A woman before her time, Maria Cinta considered her many years of community service her life’s work.
Maria Cinta loved nothing more than spending time with her family. She is survived by her children, Nina Lowe, James and Monica Lowe, Javier and Allyson Lowe, Herbie and Jackie Lowe, and Anamaria Lowe, as well as twelve grandchildren and their spouses, and soon-to-be 10 great-grandchildren. In addition, she has many family members around the world, and friends who she considered family.
Her wise words, strong opinions, and loving nature will be missed terribly by the many who love her and those on whom she left an everlasting mark. A devout Catholic, Maria Cinta will live on in heaven with her “corazón” Jim, and in the memories of the many who love her.
Services will be held on Monday, August 30th at 10:30 am at Saint Elizabeth Seton Church; 520 Ridgebury Rd, Ridgefield, CT 06877. Out of respect for those in attendance, please only attend if you are vaccinated. Wearing a mask is required in the church.
Maria Cinta gave generously to charity. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Regional Hospice of CT (http://regionalhospicect.org), Save the Children (http://savethechildren.org), or a charity of your choice.
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