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Professional Convention Management Association

June 13 2016

Remembering Nonie Lowry

Marjorie K. Malia Director, Association Management (And Nonie's Sister)

Dear PCMA Heartland Chapter Members,

This is “B,” a past president.  My dear friend Nonie Lowry, passed away in April from a long battle with cancer.  Nonie was our chapter’s administrator for many years but more importantly she was a dear friend to all of us and was very instrumental in our Chapter’s many successes.  Her sister has written the following loving tribute for our newsletter, I miss her fiercely. 

Nonie Lowry loved her family, her work and her friends. She passed away April 9, from cancer after a four year battle fought courageously and always with a smile. Many said they didn’t know, and that was exactly the point. She wanted to be normal, but for those that knew her, she was far from it. 

Nonie was a devoted mother, wife, and friend. She crafted a career that allowed her to feel fulfilled as a professional, but was also home for her family. There were many days the kids would come home and just lay in her office telling her about their days, doing homework, or just catching up on life. It brought her joy, and that joy was shared every day from her home office that served thousands. She always said you have friends for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. She valued her friends, and was always ready to host Friday impromptus, dinner with the girls, or any spontaneous opportunity where she could enjoy life. Her favorite place to be was wherever she was. 

Nonie loved her career. As the President of LP etc, she built a successful niche business in medical association management. She was a patient mentor, with discerning business sense and a warm heart. There was no room for complacency. She built her company from the ground up based on classic values of delivering client needs, but always with a personal touch. She worked tirelessly to serve the needs of her clients.

She was a member of the Kansas City Business Journal’s 2008 class of Women Who Mean Business. LP etc strongly moves forward under the direction of Jill Kawulok Willhite (five-year employee of LP etc and mentored by Nonie) and Marjorie Malia who has 20-plus years of marketing, project management and fundraising experience (who also happens to be Nonie’s sister, mentored by Nonie for over 40 years!).

As one of LP’s clients said, “The greatest leaders have the confidence to create leaders, directing their team into the future where they can continue to build on what they have learned.” Nonie will be so dearly missed, but her legacy lives proudly on by the team at LP etc. 

We are all happy knowing that heaven is about to become a lot more organized! The Heartland Chapter misses you, Nonie.

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