EVELYN ALLEN LOWE
MARCH 14, 1930 – DECEMBER 24, 2010
Evelyn Allen Cox was the first-born of three children to parents Ralph and Minnie Cox, arriving March 14, 1930 in the Homer Oil Field area of Claiborne Parish. Evelyn's daddy drove a pulpwood truck and the family moved around quite a bit, prompting Mama to say, “I'll be glad when I get grown and don't have to move any more!” Little did she know that one day she would be married to a Methodist preacher! At a young age she did seem to know who would be in her future. At age twelve she told someone, “I'm gonna marry that Terral Lowe.” And, she did—Christmas Eve 1947 in McIntyre, Louisiana near Minden.
Almost three years after their marriage the Lowes increased their little family to three with the addition of a baby girl. A couple of years after that, Daddy answered the call to preach and started school at Centenary. As much as Evelyn wanted to stay home with her little girl, she went back to work to earn her “P.H.T.,” as she called it—to “Put Hubby Through” college! By the end of 1958, the family was living in Hodge, Louisiana where Terrie's baby brother Tim was born, and Mama was able to stay home with him until he started to school.
A dedicated preacher's wife, who participated in WSCS/UMW, parsonette and other church activities, Evelyn also served as the pastor's secretary for a number of years. Mama was a great cook who prepared wonderful meals for her family, for visiting preachers and the Wesley Foundation groups who would lead our worship services once a year.
Over Daddy's more than forty years in the full time ministry, the family moved several times and Mama worked outside our home as a secretary most of those years. When Terral retired from full time ministry, the two went to work running Caney Conference Centre near Minden. Mama was bookkeeper and kitchen manager. Hundreds of young people came to love Brother T and Mama Lowe over their thirteen years at Caney and the feeling was mutual.
One person characterized Mama by saying, when they think of the “fruits of the spirit,” Mrs. Lowe comes to mind. Others say, “sweet” when they hear her name. And, she was one sweet lady—always ready with a big smile and a hug!
When Mama went to meet the Master, it was the best Christmas and anniversary gift of all for her and Brother T—Christmas Eve—December 24, 2010. Evelyn is survived by her children Terrie and husband Ben Westbrook; Tim and wife Martha; grandchildren Leslie Westbrook and wife Laura, Aaron Lowe and Seanna Lowe; her sister Nell Butler; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Terrie Westbrook & Timothy Lowe
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