Evelyn M. Bowles, 94, of Edwardsville, died at 5:42 p.m. Friday, April 8, 2016, at Eden Village Care Center.
Evelyn served as Madison County Clerk from 1972-1994 and as Illinois State Senator from 1994-2002. She was born April 22, 1921, in Worden, the daughter of the late Ira and Anna (Augustine) Bowles.
Evelyn was preceded in death by one brother, Ira Bowles Jr.
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 & Municipal Employees, Business Professional Women, Daughters of Isabella, Association of American Retired People, American Legion Post 199, Madison County Historical Museum & Archival Library, SIUE Alumni Association, & Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundations.
Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at Weber & Rodney Funeral Home. A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 14, 2016, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Edwardsville, with Fr. Dan Bergbower officiating.
Interment will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Livingston.
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 SIUE 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.