Katherine Howell loved to play music, as did her loving companion Rev. H.A. Jerry-Cooper. Over the years, Jerry owned several Lowrey organs, always managing to trade up. About ten years ago, they acquired a Lowrey Majestic Organ, a very beautiful instrument. Jerry no longer plays, and with the passing of Katherine last year his Majestic has been unused. Jerry asked St. Thomas to find a good home for it, and the answer came back "Valley Haven would love it!"
So arrangements were made to have it moved to Valley Haven Guest Home (near Chilliwack General Hospital, on Menholm Road) just in time for a Christmas Service with St. Thomas Church in December. The organ sounded wonderful, with powerful speakers, lots of features, a beautiful appearance, and organist Dr. Rowland Amos.
On January 19, at St. Thomas' monthly chapel service at Valley Haven, the Majestic was dedicated to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Katherine, from Jerry. The service was again filled with music played by Rowland on the Majestic.
Images: Top: left to right: Dr. Roland Amos, Rev. John Sovereign, Rev. Jerry Cooper. Annie Grant (St. Thomas' Outreach and Pastoral Care). Below, Jerry tells the story of the organ, left to right: Rev. John Soveriegn, Rev. Jerry Cooper, Karin Gibson,
Rev. Jennifer Burgoyne