Phoenix, Arizona / October 20, 1941- October 6, 2018
Twila Lowenthal (76) passed away peacefully in Phoenix, Ariz., on October 6, 2018. She was celebrated and surrounded by loved ones as she danced from her earthly confines into the spirit world.
The oldest child of Marge and Bill Dorn, Twila Jean was born on October 20, 1941, in Fort Collins, Colo. After World War II, the family relocated to Casper, Wyo. In 1960, Twila graduated from Natrona County High School, where she was a member of the Girls’ League Council and the Natrona Mustangs twirling team. The following years took her to Laramie, Wyo., then to San Diego, Calif. In 1979, Twila met and married Jay Lowenthal, her husband of 39 years, and moved to Phoenix, Ariz., the place she has since called home.
Twila’s greatest passion was dance. “It’s my freedom,” she would say. Whenever she heard music, especially Inda music, her body moved in joyful rhythm. Her other passions and skills ran the gamut: dancing, yoga, modeling, hairdressing, real estate, carpentry, upholstering, gardening, cooking, cleaning, baking, entertaining, basketmaking, flower arranging, pottery and painting. Whatever craft she set her mind to, she studied and worked tirelessly to master the practice. Her mantra: “Don’t skimp on tools.”
Insatiably curious, Twila was an avid learner and reader whose vast library included reference books on metaphysics, medicine, ancient history and mystery, world religions, politics, law, and DIY (one of her favorite bookstores was Home Depot). In the days before Google and YouTube, she read a book on how to re-roof her house and then did it. When not reading for edification, she could be found nose-deep in thriller novels.
Throughout her life, Twila evolved into someone without pretense and came to be recognized for her natural beauty—inside and out—as well as her hone¬¬sty and integrity. She did not mince words. With Twila, people always knew where they stood. She was proudly progressive, and as the wife of a Jewish World War II veteran and the granddaughter of immigrants, she rallied against hatred and discrimination of any kind. She found that her true purpose in life was to love all, to learn, and to be a genuine human being.
Her energy was contagious and easily caught through her enthusiasm, determination, hugs, and above all, her laughter. She was both funny and fun, and always up for a good project or adventure, especially with her kids.
Twila’s survivors include her husband, Jay Lowenthal; her sister, Dixie Karber (Rick Karber); her son, Dorn Zimmers; daughters, Leah Bruscino (Mark Bruscino) and Inda Eaton (Annemarie McCoy); and two stepdaughters, Marla Lowenthal and Randye Lordon. Her presence will be sorely missed, but her love and spirit live on.
The family extends gratitude to the loving care of Southland Hospice.
In remembrance, please consider a donation to East End Hospice of New York (eeh.org), Meals on Wheels America, or Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona.