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Memorial Service

Bethlehem Christian Church
Friday February 11th, 2022
2:00pm - 3:00pm

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Kristian W. Lowry

Kristian Wilkins Lowry, 49, of Chesapeake, VA, passed away on February 3, 2022, from heart failure due to decades of fighting Hashimoto’s disease and other complications. She was a courageous woman, fighting her illness while living her life as a “Kingdom Builder,” with unwavering dedication to the Lord and His Word. This led to her following the Lord with her immediate family as a Messianic Jewish Believer for the past several years. She started each and every day praying for her family and others. She has instilled this love of the Lord to her husband, two daughters, and the many souls she evangelized to throughout her years. 

Kristian was born in Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana on April 25, 1972. Her father served as a Chaplain in the U.S. Army, and mother served as a Civilian employee for the Department of Army. Due to this she has lived in many places in the U.S. and Europe but has always called Augusta, Georgia her home.  


After she earned her B.A. in English from the University of Connecticut, Kristian worked communications for Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd, pivoted into mortgage banking, and then opened her own dog behavioral business. Known as “The Dog Lady,” she helped dog owners to work well with their dogs as well as train search and rescue dogs with NATO troops. She had a strong love for animals, but her passion was in the work she did as a K-9 behaviorist. She was an animal rights activist, focusing on German shepherds, and wrote a practical dog training book, “God Doesn’t Make Bad Dogs,” in 2010. Of her many strengths and accomplishments, she was most proud of her daughters and the path they have chosen in life.  


Kristian met her husband, Jan Willem Schipper Lowry, in Norfolk, VA in 1996 and quickly fell in love. They were married a year a half later, on December 13, 1997, and started a family together.  They felt like they knew each other for a lifetime. They were happily married with a beautiful loving devotion to each other.


Exuding charisma, kindness, and generosity, Kristian was a light everywhere she went. She had such an inviting and loving spirit and never met a stranger. She brought pure joy to others, and she made those around her feel as though they were the only one who mattered. She took pride in her love of cooking, hosting, and witnessing the love of the Lord to all she met.  


She is survived by her husband, Jan, having celebrated 25 years of their love together; daughters, Kallan of Washington, D.C., and Julianna of Chesapeake, VA; parents, Lafayette and Martha Wilkins of Suffolk, VA; sister, Dana (Jeffrey) Ewaldt of Crawfordville, FL, and other family and friends. 
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM, February 11, 2022 at Bethlehem Christian Church, 1549 Holland Road Suffolk, VA. 23434.  Rev. Rob Slingluff and Rev. Wayne Gardner, a family friend, will be officiating. There will be a reception directly following the service.


The family wishes to thank the Bethlehem Christian Church family for hosting the service and reception. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the American Thyroid Association (ATA), 2000 Duke Street, Suite 300, Alexandria, Va 22314 or https://www.thyroid.org/donate/  R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, Downtown Suffolk Chapel is serving the family.

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Dear family:
We are so sorry that we can't be there to celebrate the life of Kristian with you today. What a life she lived! Her charm, grace, laughter, and stories will be missed. Our loss is heaven's gain. We are praying for you all today and in the coming weeks.
Jeb, Diana, Jordan & Bethany Brittle

Jeb Brittle and family Feb 11 2022 3:26 PM

Dear Jan, Kallan and Julianna,
Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to you during this valley. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Foster and Kate Bennett Feb 10 2022 9:49 PM

My deepest condolences to Dana and the family. What a beautiful life Kristi lived.

Anne Knox- Tallahassee, FL Feb 10 2022 11:28 AM

Our condolences to Jan, Kallan and Julianna. We feel so sorry for the loss. It must be a very difficult time for you all.We are thinking about you. With love.

Lous and Anneke Coppoolse. Feb 10 2022 11:20 AM

Dear Jan, Kallan and Julianna,
Our heartfelt condolences to you. It must be a difficult time.
We wish you strength to bear this loss and pray for you.

Willem and Suzanne Coppoolse Feb 10 2022 10:07 AM

Dear Mugsy, Martha and Family, Carolyn shared this obituary with me. So sorry for your loss. Know this must be a difficult time for everyone. Will be sending prayer your way. Love, Dale

Dale L. Brittle Feb 9 2022 11:39 PM

Dear Jan, Kallan and Julianna,
So hard to imagine that you lost your wife and mother...
We are thinking of you, you are in our hearts.
I will remember Kristi as a very kind and generous person, feeling welcome when I stayed with you.
Wishing the warm support of family and friends and the wonderful memories of your wife and mother will help you to go on.
With love,

Maarten and Jannet Feb 9 2022 3:40 PM

Jan, thinking of you and sending prayers to your entire family that the loving memories of Kristian bring comfort to you all in the days ahead.

Patricia Jones Feb 9 2022 3:24 PM

Our deepest sympathy for your loss. May God bless and keep you all. Prayers for all!🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Michael, Diana, and Matthew Feb 9 2022 1:25 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Kristian Lowry

Keri Nichols Feb 9 2022 12:17 PM

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