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Public viewing set for Evelyn Lowery, wife of Joseph Lowery, Monday

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Evelyn Lowery, the wife of Joseph Lowery, died at her home early Thursday morning after suffering a massive stroke.

A public viewing will be held Monday for Lowery at Cascade United Methodist Church at 3144 Cascade Road. The viewing will go from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Morehouse College's Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel. She will be buried at Westview Cemetery.

Evelyn Lowery, born Evelyn Gibson, the daughter of activist minister Rev. Harry Gibson, seemed destined to become a civil rights pioneer.

She later married another activist minister, Rev. Joseph lowery, who would go on to lead the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Friends of the Lowerys said Evelyn Lowery's legacy will live beyond her death.

Andrew Young, the former U.N. ambassador and a close friend of the Lowerys, said both families came to Atlanta around the same time to join Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement.

"She was always there, doing what needed to be done," Young said. "She is one of the most beautiful, loving and intelligent and dedicated women I have ever known."

Young said Evelyn Lowery helped push women to the forefront of a civil rights movement largely dominated by men at least publicly.

"Her work with SCLC Women added a phase to the movement, which we neglected," Young said.

One of Evelyn Lowery's most enduring achievements was establishment of SCLC Women, sister group to the SCLC, the virtual nerve center to the civil rights movement here in Atlanta and the nation.

Rev. Raphael Warnock, the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, last month attended the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington with the Lowerys.

Warnock said Evelyn Lowery put her life on the line during some of the darkest times of our nation's history.

"In a real sense, she was an activist in her own right, committed to the work of justice. She was shot at by the KKK, faced down bomb threats," Warnock said.

Young said Evelyn Lowery's sacrifice was immeasurable.

"No one can know the sacrifice and suffering our wives made, never knowing when we're coming home, never knowing if we're coming home," Young said.

After surviving numerous threats to her life, Evelyn Lowery died peacefully at her home with her family.

She was 88.

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