Beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend Shari Ann Lowry Wells, 59, passed away on Sunday, December 10th, 2023. She was born in Anaheim, California on February 21, 1964, to the late Dwayne C. Lowry and LaRae (Allen) McMillan.
Shari grew up in Buena Park, California where, as the baby of the family, she was always loved and cared for by her older siblings. She spent countless hours roller-skating around the neighborhood with her friends and siblings, riding bikes, and spending time with her dogs, Chi Chi and Count Cuddles. There were many fun family outings to nearby Knotts Berry Farm and Disneyland.
In 1974, her family moved to Framingham, Massachusetts. Two years later, her father was transferred to New Hampshire and the family resettled in Amherst. Another job change took the family back to California when Shari was 15 years old.
As a teenager, Shari was active in gymnastics and was on the Westlake High School cheerleading squad. She played on various sports teams with her Church’s young women’s group. Shari worked at Baskin Robbins where, because of her strong work ethic and cheerful disposition, she won the area’s “Golden Scoop Award” and an all-expenses paid trip to Disney World. Graduating from high school in 1982, Shari attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Shari made friends easily wherever she lived and is loved by many from one end of the country to the other.
In 1983, Shari met the love of her life, Kyle Wells. True to both of their inclusive and Christ-like natures, many of their early dating experiences involved fellowshipping and nurturing others. On February 28, 1984, they were sealed for time and all eternity in the Los Angeles, California Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Early in their married life, Shari appeared as a contestant on the Wheel of Fortune TV Game Show. Ever the competitor, it was not surprising to see her win the game, including the bonus round. Together, Shari and Kyle raised four children (Shaina, Blake, Cody, and Riley) while living in California before settling with their family in Gilbert, Arizona in 1996. Shari was a pillar of the community, well known for her constant, selfless love and willingness to serve. She also had several jobs throughout her lifetime, working for years as a transcriber, and then as an administrative assistant at an accounting firm where she put her incredible organizational skills to work.
As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Shari served as president of the women’s (Relief Society), Young Women’s and children’s (Primary) organizations. She fulfilled stewardships in many capacities in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. She also spent time serving in the Gilbert, Arizona LDS Temple. She loved all the opportunities she had to serve those around her and spent her free time doing everything she could to brighten others’ lives.
Although Shari was constantly busy serving those around her, she always put her family first. Shari found her greatest joy spending time as a devoted wife, loving mom, and amazing Grammy. She was at her happiest knowing that her family was happy and taken care of, truly a perfect example of Christ-like love.
Shari enjoyed game nights with friends, trips to the movies, family reunions, and spending time outdoors. She loved watching Wheel of Fortune, reading books for her book club, and babysitting her grandchildren.
In 2021, Shari was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. She lived out her final days at home under the loving care of her devoted husband, as well as her daughter, with frequent visits from friends and family who loved her dearly. Her family is grateful to, and would like to thank, everyone who showered Shari with so much love and care during these years.
Shari is survived by her husband Kyle, her children, Shaina, Blake (Sarah), Cody (Alyse), and Riley (BreElle); her grandchildren Josie, Everett, and Lane; her siblings Steve Lowry, Terry Lowry, Cathy Starr, Doug Lowry, Monica Lowry and Tanner Lowry as well as many, many other dear friends and family members. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her, and never forgotten.
A memorial service to celebrate Shari’s life will be held on Saturday, December 16th, 2023, at 1 PM at 3580 E Houston Ave, Gilbert, AZ 85234.