Evelyn M. Bowles, 94, of Edwardsville, Ill., born April 22, 1921, in Worden, Ill., died at 5:42 p.m. Friday, April 8, 2016, at Eden Village Care Center.
Evelyn served as Madison County Clerk from 1972 to 1994, and as Illinois State Senator from 1994 to 2002. She served in the United States Coast Guard-SPARS from 1943 to 1945, in the Intelligence Division. Evelyn held many memberships, which include: St. Mary Catholic Church in Edwardsville, where she served as the first chairman of the Parish Council. She also belonged to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Business Professional Women, Daughters of Isabella, Association of American Retired People, American Legion Post 199, Madison County Historical Museum and Archival Library, SIUE Alumni Association, and Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation's.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ira and Anna, nee Augustine, Bowles; and a brother, Ira Bowles, Jr.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the Evelyn Bowles Scholarship Endowment at the SIUE Foundation. Checks may be made payable to the SIU-E Foundation for the Evelyn Bowles Scholarship, and mailed to SIUE Foundation, Masses, or a charity of donor's choice. Condolences may be expressed online at weberfuneralhome.com.
Visitation: Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at Weber & Rodney Funeral Home in Edwardsville, Ill.
Funeral: A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 14, 2016, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Edwardsville, Ill., with Father Dan Bergbower officiating. Interment will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Livingston, Ill.
WEBER & RODNEY FUNERAL HOME, Edwardsville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Apr. 10, 2016