Pamela Traphagen-Lowry


Pamela Kaye Traphagen-Lowry, 64, left this world to paint the clouds on October 1, 2019. She was the firstborn child of Bruce and Esther Traphagen arriving with a flourish on Feb. 6, 1955. She excelled in a diverse array of pursuits. Her family and friends were blessed with a place deep in her heart.

Born in Ellendale, North Dakota, she graduated from high school in Worthington, MN. She graduated from college with a degree in computer science from Mankato State University. In recent years she continued her education at the University of California, San Diego.

In 1981 she had a son, Zane Eckhoff, around whom her sun revolved.

Pamela succeeded and certainly opened doors for other women in the technology industry. She earned a tremendous amount of love and respect working in information technology at Target Stores in Minneapolis.

In 2014, she married the love of her life, Raymond Lowry. She soon became a mother to his two children, Stephanie and Dave.

She was deeply passionate in issues of social justice. She was well-traveled and found a home for her artistic soul in Paris. Either traveling or at home, it felt like an adventure to simply be in the same room as Pamela. It always felt like a privilege.

Pamela is survived by her husband Ray, son Zane and his wife Tara; sister Paula and her husband Curt; and brothers Michael and his wife Patty; and Mitchell and his wife Michelle; along with nephews Kellen, Wade, Zachary, Shane and Devin. She was preceded by her parents and several dogs and cats who loved her to infinity.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Humane Society in Hennepin County at

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