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Evelyn Rowe, Russell County, KY (1920-2013)

She made history as the first woman ever elected to the Russell Springs, KY, City Council. She was a native of McCreary County, KY, a remember of a extraordinarily distinguished family, and a resident of Jamestown, Russell County, KY, at the time of her death. She was a sister of former Columbia Mayor Pat Bell. She leaves two direct living descendants. She was a former bookkeeper for Grider Insurance, and an employee of Russell County Clerks office. She was a member of the New Victory Baptist Church.

Evelyn Lucille Rowe, 93, of Jamestown, KY, died Monday, August 12, 2013 at the Fair Oaks Nursing Home in Jamestown, KY.

A private graveside service will be held Thursday, August 15, 2013 at the Russell Springs City Cemetery with Bro. Rick Neff officiating.

Evelyn Rowe, Russell County, KY (1920-2013)

She was born Thursday, January 22, 1920 in McCreary County, KY. She was the daughter of the late Oscar P. & Betsy Halcomb Bell. She died Monday, August 12, 2013 in Jamestown, Russell County, KY, at the age of 93 years, 6 months, and 21 days.

She was a former bookkeeper for Grider Insurance, employee of Russell County Clerks office and was the first woman elected to the Russell Springs City Council.

She was a member of the New Victory Baptist Church.

Preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Walter Rowe who died February 17, 1981.

Survivors include the following:
  • A daughter: Jan Lee (Charles) Leveridge, Somerset, KY

  • A grandaughter: Julia Leann Leveridge Hickey

  • A brother: Patrick R. Bell, Columbia, KY
The family requests memorials to Fair Oaks Health System Craft Program For Relay For Life, New Victory Baptist Church, God's Food Pantry in Somerset, KY or to Hospice of Lake Cumberland.

Send a condolence to the family of Evelyn Lucille Bell Rowe

Bernard Funeral Home, 367 Main Street, Russell Springs, KY, in charge of arrangements.

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