Evelyn Lowery, the wife of civil rights leader Rev. Joseph Lowery, died Thursday at the age of 88.
Spokeswoman Diane Larche says Evelyn Lowery died in the morning at her Georgia home. She had been hospitalized since September 18 after suffering a severe stroke. She came home Wednesday, after doctors said the stroke had done irreversible damage.
Evelyn Lowery devoted her life to serving others, her husband said in a statement to The Associated Press.
"My beloved Evelyn was a special woman, whose life was committed to service, especially around the issues of empowering women," said the Rev. Joseph Lowery, who is president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. "She was a wonderful mother and wife, and I thank God that she didn't suffer any pain and that I was blessed having her as my partner, my confidant and my best friend for close to 70 years," he said. "I will miss her each and every day, but as a man of faith, I know that she is with her God."
In 1979 Evelyn Lowery founded SCLC/WOMEN Inc. The group focuses on empowering women, girls and families. She also created the Drum Major of Justice Awards held each year in Atlanta.
The Georgia Division of Public Health (DPH), Department of Human Resources (DHR) began receiving funds from CDC in 1998 to support a state heart disease and stroke prevention program. The program received increased funding for basic implementation beginning in 2002.
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