Ethel M. Hout Lower

March 20, 1935 ‒ March 21, 2017

Mount Gilead, Ohio
Formerly of Galion, Ohio

Ethel M. Hout Lower, age 82, of Mount Gilead, went to be with the Lord early Tuesday morning, March 21, 2017, at her daughter’s home surrounded by her loving family following a brief illness.

On March 20, 1935, Ethel was born in Circleville, Ohio, one of three children of the late Eldon and Margie (Blevins) Conner.  As a family, they moved to Galion, Ohio, in 1945, after WWII, where grew up on a farm and graduated from Galion High School in the class of 1952.  She then furthered her education at the Ohio State University, earning her certificate of radiology degree in 1954.

After graduation, she worked at Marion General Hospital in radiology for several years, during which time she had her three beloved children: Karen, Bethanne and Grant.

Continuing her life’s dedication to her profession, Ethel moved to Morrow County Hospital in Mount Gilead in 1962, where she was instrumental in starting the radiology department.  As the department grew from one employee (Ethel) to twenty, she became the supervisor of this department.  She also was proud to oversee the modernization of the department going from “one room to an ‘up to date’ high-tech” operation to better care for the needs of their patients.  She retired from the hospital after thirty year and one day of service in 1992.  Ethel was a member of American Association of Radiological Technicians for over 50 years.

Getting a second chance at love, Ethel married Clinton “Bud” Lower on August 3, 1973, at the Trinity United Methodist Church.  Together they shared thirty seven years of marriage.  He preceded her in death on February 11, 2011.

Ethel was a faithful member of the Edison United Methodist Church, a church she deeply loved.  Formerly, she was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church.  She also was an avid reader, many of which being “books of faith.”

Ethel put it best when describing her feelings towards her family: “my family is my life.  I love them so dearly.”  She also most especially loved their traveling adventures they shared together.

Left to cherish her memory are her three children: Karen (Brad) West of Mount Gilead, Bethanne (Owen Willis) Baer of Orlando, FL, and Grant (Carey) Hout of Middletown, OH; four grandchildren: Jeremie West, Kenneth (Rachel) West, Robert (Sylvia) Baer, and Allen (Margaret) Baer; 8 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews…all of whom she “very much loved!”

Including her husband and parents, Ethel was preceded in death by two sisters: Polly Fairchild and Rebecca Carter.

Her family will greet friends from 9:30 – 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead.  Services honoring her life will follow there at 11 a.m., with Hospice Chaplain Jeff Slider officiating.  Inurnment will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Galion.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Morrow County, 228 South St., Mount Gilead, OH 43338.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Ethel’s family and your favorite memories and condolences may be shared with them via

  • To the family of wonderful, sweet, precious Miss Ethel. Pastor Ed and I got to know Miss Ethel several years back, as she would walk her dog Max down our street. Ed and I look forward to her visits. After loosing track of her for a short while what a blessing it was when I got to see her again when taking care of her through Hospice of Morrow County. Your loss is great but rest assured knowing she’s just on the other side, kicking up gold dust! Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to love her too! We will always remember the expression she would use when calling us “Dear One”. God bless you Miss Ethel. Go and rest.

  • Ethel touched a lot of lives. I loved seeing her feeling bad or feeling well, she still found a way to laugh. I told her many times if I were her age we could share a condo together and raze each other until we got old! Everyone has one and she was mine…My geriatric sole mate! I will miss you my Dear friend.

  • Ethel always lit up the room when she came to see Dr Freundlich. She always had a joke or wise words that made us laugh. Heaven look out, Ethel is running the show now and she likes it done her way! Until we meet again…

  • Karen and family sorry for your loss. Your mom always had a smile on her face regardless of how things were going in the department. My thoughts are with you and yours at this time of need.

  • Ethel was always a joy to be around. I loved working with at the hospital many years ago the hooked back with her at Edison UMC. RIP Ethel. You will be missed.

  • Susan,
    Your Mom was so special. I loved her hugs so much. She had a heart of gold. I enjoyed our visits so much. You and your family are in my prayers.

  • Aunt “Jimmie” will be in my heart forever. I loved her and will miss her. I have fond memories of her laughter and the sparkle in her eyes at all the family gatherings. May she rest in eternal peace.