Lois Medders awarded the first annual Terri Lowrey Spirit Award

“While it is true that most people never see or understand the difference they make, or sometimes only imagine their actions having a tiny effect, every single action a person takes has far-reaching consequences.” –
Andy Andrews, The Noticer

Terri and Jane at the Race for the Cure

In 2011, Christian & Small lost a beloved family member, Terri Lynn Lowrey, after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer. While we mourn her death, we continue to celebrate her life and spirit. Terri faced the diagnosis of breast cancer as she faced other challenges – with dignity, grace, honesty and humor. Terri once commented to her best friend and co-worker, “I don’t know why I developed cancer, but I know that my perspective in dealing with this disease and treatment could be positive for someone else.” Even in the worst of times, Terri maintained a positive outlook on life.

It is in Terri’s honor and memory that the Terri Lowrey Spirit Award is established.

Lois Medders next to The Power of Hope

The Terri Lowrey Spirit Award is given to a person who embodies the spirit and qualities we so admired in Terri; compassionate, giving, faithful, thoughtful, positive, bright, giving, determined, loyal, a fighter and above all else – a friend.

For the first annual Terri Lowrey Spirit Award, the committee couldn’t think of anyone more deserving that Lois Medders, in accounting. Lois has been with Christian & Small for 14 years and is one of the most compassionate and caring people who never has anything but a kind word for others.

Mr. Manley reminisces with Terri's friends


Lois regularly takes in families through her church providing meals, clothing, shelter and a sturdy shoulder. During the holidays, it is Lois who regularly finds families in need and then organizes the office to provide gifts of needed items, a festive meal and plenty of holiday spirit. Lois is soft-spoken and kind, always putting others first. Lois and her husband, Tom, have never met a stranger. To quote Lois, “We find them without even looking for them. We listen to them, laugh and cry with them, and make sure they are properly cared for physically, socially, and spiritually.”

Terri's friends who came for painting dedication

A beautiful painting aptly named “The Power of Hope” was dedicated and a gift was made to Camp Smile-A-Mile in honor of Lois and in recognition of the Terri Lowrey Spirit Award.

We are all in agreement – we are thankful to have Lois in our office and in our lives.


Terri's husband, Steve, and granddaughter, Isabella