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Burddie Lowe, born without eyes but able to see what few can see, died July 6. She was 81.

Burddie was born May 26, 1936, in Bartlesville. She attended Muskogee's Oklahoma School for the Blind and later graduated from Northeastern State University with a degree in sociology. Burddie was an accomplished musician who learned to play the piano and often sang in church.

Burddie was scared of many things, ranging from tornadoes to tomatoes, but at age 42, she showed her courage, leaving Bartlesville and her status as a ward of the state. Burddie took a bus to Norman and moved in with Jeannette Barton, her classmate from the Oklahoma School for the Blind and friend for eventually 70 years. In 16 months, Jeannette taught Burddie to live on her own, and Burddie moved into her own apartment on New Year's Eve 1979. She remained self-sufficient until her death.

Burddie was void of bitterness or complaint. She was always optimistic and upbeat. She was a member of Lakeside Church of God and lived by the creed of the Apostle Paul, who constantly reminded us, in Second Corinthians and First Timothy and Philippians, that God's grace was sufficient. "For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content."

Burddie is survived by sisters Caroline Lowe of Bartlesville and Sherri Lazassure of Bartlesville, and brothers Leroy Lowe of Bartlesville, Joseph Lowe and Roger Lowe. She was preceded in death by her parents, Verner and Gertrude Lowe, brother Jerry Lowe and sister Opal Nading.

A memorial service will be held for Burddie at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 11, at Lakeside Church of God, 4400 E. Alameda.
Published on  July 10, 2017
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