Loris was born on August 30, 1918 in Houston, Texas to George and Bertha Gross. She graduated from Columbia High School in Maplewood, NJ then received her B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1939, majoring in chemistry. Loris married Harry Loring Tower Jr. in 1940 in Short Hills, NJ. She endured WWII at home while Harry served as a Tech Sergeant for the U. S. Army flying in a B24 while stationed in Norwich, England.
A 67-year resident of Chatham, Loris lived 63 years in the home she and Harry built on Broadview Terrace. Loris and Harry, a well-known artist, leave a legacy of paintings Harry drew that hang in the Chatham Public library, Canoe Brook Country Club and in homes around this area.
Loris was a dedicated volunteer at Overlook Hospital for over 60 years and received the Overlook Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteer Service in 2010. She was an active member of the Stanley Congressional Church in Chatham. A master bridge player and avid golfer, Loris retained a keen sense of humor to all her activities.
She is survived by her sister, Jane Gross and her two children; Lynne Combs and her husband Bill and Harry Tower III and his wife Bonnie. There are six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, with one on the way.
Her life was full of joy, good humor, and family gatherings. She will always be with us as we continue those cherished traditions.