Esther Asato Lowery, 72, widow of Richard Lee Lowery, died on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia.

Born in Hawaii, she was a daughter of the late Seikichi Edward Asato and Violet Kiku Asato. She was retired from Bosch Corp.

Surviving are one son, James Lowery Sr. (Rhonda) of Sumter; eight grandchildren, Elizabeth Lowery Mizzell (Austin), Ashlyn Lowery, Abby Lowery, Hunter Lowery, James Lowery Jr., Kelsey Hylton, Dylan Hylton and Devon Rudd; and her best friend, Joann Barrineau.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Amanda K. Rudd.

Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday at New Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. David Richardson officiating. Burial will be at Evergreen Memorial Park cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. on Friday at New Calvary Baptist Church.

Online condolences may be sent to

Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements, (803) 775-9386.