Ethel Mae Lowe was born in Lindsay, Ontario on 24 November 1911. She graduated from the Ross Memorial Hospital, Lindsay, Ontario, in 1933. Prior to her appointment to the Nursing Service of the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps on 25 May 1942, she did private duty nursing and had four months postgraduate work in psychiatry at the Ontario Hospital, Whitby. After her appointment to the Nursing Service she received basic training at Kingston Military Hospital, and was then assigned to Rideau Military Hospital in Ottawa. In September 1943 she was made Assistant Matron of Rideau Military Hospital.
For her service N/S Lowe was awarded the Associate of the Royal Red Cross, Second Class - RCAMC - per Canada Gazette dated 15 June 1946. She returned to Reserve Status on 26 June 1946. Subsequently she was asked to serve as the model for the Nursing Service figure on the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal. After the war Ethel Lowe returned to Lindsay and enjoyed a long career as the Public Health Nurse for Lindsay and District. She died at Lindsay on 18 May 2006. In addition to close friends, several members of the community who remembered her public health nurse role attended her funeral.
Prepared by Mike Street, based on photographs and documents from Catherine and Susan Pfister, close neighbours of E.M. Lowe in Lindsay.