A memorial scholarship fund presentation will honor the legacy of long-time resident, Mary Ireland Lowe.


Feb. 5, 2016, was proclaimed as Mary Ireland Lowe Day by then-Mayor Debe Hollingsworth. On Aug. 13, 2016, Lowe, passed away.


This year, the Mary Ireland Davis Lowe “If I Can Help Somebody” Memorial and Scholarship Fund was created in her honor.


The first annual award presentation ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, at Allen Temple AME Church, 1125 Virginia St. During the celebration, the fund will make a presentation to CASA (Committee Against Spousal Abuse) Women’s Shelter.


“Mary Ireland Davis Lowe was affectionately called ‘Mother’ by all who knew her well. She had a genuine and loving heart that was open to her family first and her extended family, as well,” according to a family spokesman.


She was a member of Allen Temple AME Church for more than 60 years where she sang in the choir, cooked for all occasions and served on many committees.


“She obtained her GED and took piano lessons, well into her adulthood, exemplifying that ‘it is never too late’ to follow your heart and learn new things,” the spokesman said.


“The Mary Ireland Davis Lowe Memorial and Scholarship Fund was created to keep her legacy and dream alive to always be in position to ‘Help Somebody’,” she said.


The current Mayor Shirley Washington is expected to join in the brief celebration Sunday and the community is invited to attend.


“Come help us celebrate the life of one of Pine Bluff’s most dedicated citizens, Mary Ireland Davis Lowe, and keep her legacy and dream alive,” the spokesman said.


Donations may be made through Simmons Bank: The Mary Ireland Davis Lowe “If I Can Help Somebody” Memorial and Scholarship Fund.