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Funeral plans for Evelyn Lowery finalized

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Home-going services for Evelyn Lowery, the wife of civil rights leader Joseph E. Lowery, have now been made official. Mrs. Lowery, 88, passed away Thursday morning after suffering a stroke last week.

In a statement released to FOX 5 on Friday afternoon, the family announced there will be a public viewing held on Monday, September 30 at Cascade United Methodist Church on Cascade Road in Atlanta from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

Then, on Wednesday, October 2, a home-going celebration will be held for Mrs. Lowery.  It will take place at Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College.  There will be a viewing from 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., followed by a celebration at 11 a.m. 

FOX 5's Aungelique Proctor confirmed Mrs. Lowery's passing on Thursday morning, just one day after she was moved home to spend her final days.  She suffered a stroke last week.

The Lowery family released the following statement on Mrs. Lowery's passing:

"In the early hours of the morning, surrounded by her family and husband of close to 70 years, Mrs. Evelyn Gibson Lowery made her transition in the comforts of her home.  Having suffered irreversible damages after experiencing a severe stroke on last Wednesday evening, Mrs. Lowery returned home on last evening, having been under the constant care of medical experts at a local Atlanta hospital.  After having received guidance from the medical experts that there was nothing more medically that they could do, the Lowery family returned their beloved Evelyn home to peacefully rest around those she loved.

"My beloved Evelyn was a special woman, whose life was committed to service, especially around the issues of empowering women.  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.  I will miss her each and every day, but as a man of faith, I know that she is with her God," stated Rev. Lowery.  "My entire family has been overwhelmed by the continuous outpourings of love, support and prayers that have come from across the country and we ask for your continued prayers over the next few days."

Mrs. Lowery was the founder of S.C.L.C. Women, Inc. the sister organization to the historic civil rights organization, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the creator of the annual Drum Major of Justice Awards that is held annually in April in Atlanta, GA.

Former Atlanta Mayor and U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young, who has been friends with the Lowery family since the 1960s, said he hopes the country doesn't overlook Evelyn's contributions to civil and human rights.

"Mrs. Lowery did more than march. She organized SCLC Women and she created that Heritage tour, which John Lewis now brings congressmen to," Young said. "She remembered and reminded us of all the people that it took to move the South forward."

Funeral arrangements have not yet been made public.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed released the following statement on Evelyn Lowery's death:

"On behalf of the City of Atlanta, I extend my deepest sympathies to the family of Rev. Joseph Lowery. Today we remember Mrs. Evelyn Lowery, a remarkable woman in her own right, who dedicated her life to promoting equality, liberty and justice for all people. We are all a direct beneficiary of her sacrifice, service and work as a champion for human rights. Her legacy will continue to encourage many individuals, like me, to live with integrity, pride, courage and faith."

Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, released this statement:

"As pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church, spiritual home of Martin Luther King, Jr., I join with people across Atlanta, the nation and the world in grieving the loss of a valiant soldier for justice, Evelyn G. Lowery.  We hold Rev. Dr. Lowery and the entire Lowery family in our hearts and in our prayers.

While we grieve this loss, we are grateful for her life.  Mrs. Lowery was born in Memphis, TN, the daughter of an activist preacher and married an activist preacher who would spend years serving on the front lines of a transformative movement led by an activist preacher.  Committed to a freedom faith, she, no less than her husband, was an ardent follower of Martin Luther King, Jr., carrying forth the legacy of justice making at deep personal cost and risk.

As a woman and warrior in the non-violent struggle for justice, Mrs. Evelyn Lowery boldly confronted the challenges of racism and sexism, never flinching, never failing in her commitment to the best in the American spirit.  Recently, as I stood with her and Dr. Lowery at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Mrs. Lowery's dedication to the movement and to her husband was quite evident as she pushed her way through crowds of admirers while literally pushing him in a wheelchair.  Her love was unconditional, her legacy is irreversible, her life is an inspiration for all who walk freedom's way."

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