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Nini's Garden

Nini's Page

Remembering our friend and sister scout, Nini Lowrey
January 31, 1989-February 16, 1997

Day is done,
Gone the sun,
From the lake,
From the hills,
From the sky

All is well
Safely rest
God is nigh.

Nini's Story

"On the bright Sunday afternoon of February 16, 1997, Nini Marie Lowrey held the hand of a friend and headed for a playground she never reached. And now, for everyone who knew her, San Diego will never again be quite as sunny."
-- from the memorial service program

Nini was born in Wuhan City in the People's Republic of China. When she was three, her biological mother died. Ying Lowrey, an aunt who lived in America, along with her husband Preston Lowrey III, worked for three years to adopt her and bring her to San Diego.

She arrived in America in August, 1995. In the months that followed, she attended school; learned English; took lessons in art, math, dance, and the cello; and made lots of friends.

In August, 1996, Nini's adoptive father Preston Lowrey was one of three San Diego State professors shot during a meeting with a graduate student. Our troop planted a tree at the school in his memory and, as an unexpected but happy result of our service project, Nini joined that day. In the next three months, we saw her blossom in the companionship of her Brownie friends and our many activities.

Nini loved the color pink, collecting stickers, riding her bike, dancing to Disney music, her dolls, her pearl necklace, playing hide-and-seek, anything Lisa Frank, her new dollhouse, playing the cello, and giggling with her friends. She was our friend and we will all miss her terribly.

Remembering Nini

A memorial fund has been set up at Adobe Bluffs Elementary in memory of Nini. The fund will assist the educational program, particularly English as a Second Language. Checks may be sent payable to "Nini Lowrey -- Adobe Bluffs Educational Fund" at 8707 Adobe Bluffs Drive, San Diego, CA 92129.

The faculty at Adobe Bluffs planted a garden in memory of Nini at the school. Our troop has been adding flowers to the garden ever since.

The City of San Diego has installed traffic signals and signs on the busy street where Nini was fatally injured. We hope these measures will prevent other accidents.

When we form our friendship circle, we leave an opening for Nini. In this way, she will always be with us. Our new troop crest, the purple pansy, symbolizes thoughts. Nini is always in our thoughts.

Our troop made a memory album for Nini's mom with photos, messages, and friendship knots from Scouts and Guides from all over the world.

Nini is now listed on the worldwide Scouter's Memorial Page.

Nini's mom and brother have visited this page and would like to add their thanks and appreciation to all who have shown them support, caring, and love during this difficult time.

On what would have been Nini's 10th birthday, her mom sent a donation as a present to the troop. We thank her for her generosity and kindness. We used the money for our long-desired trip to Disneyland, a magical place Nini loved.

On what would have been Nini's 12th birthday, her mom sent another donation as a present to the troop. We are so grateful to her for her continued love and interest in our troop.

Nini's grandma has also sent us a donation to add flowers to Nini's garden - enough to keep the garden supplied with fresh annuals for a full year. She was a Girl Scout during World War II and has written some wonderful postcards to our troop.

Sarah, who became a Bat Mitzvah in February 2002, had a circle of 5 trees planted in The Children's Forest in Israel dedicated in memory of Nini.

On what would have been Nini's 13th birthday, our troop donated the book I Love You Like Crazy Cakes to the Adobe Bluffs Library. It is about a girl adopted from China.

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This page updated February, 2002.

Photo of Nini's Garden by Carol Gilbert