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Evelyn M. Bowen Amacher
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Birth: Feb. 20, 1920
Fulton County
Indiana, USA
Death: Dec. 6, 2007
Elkhart County
Indiana, USA

Feb. 20, 1920 - Dec. 6, 2007

ELKHART - Evelyn Maxine "Lyn" (Bowen) Amacher, 87, of 1201 East Beardsley Ave. Elkhart, IN 46514, passed away Thursday, December 6, 2007, in Greenleaf Living Center, where she had been a resident since March. Known as "Lyn" to friends and "Evelyn" to family, she was born on February 20, 1920, in Rochester, IN, the daughter of Vernie and Pearl (Wright) Bowen. One of five children, she was the sister to Esther Plain of Munster, IN., former Indiana Governor and the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Otis (Carol) Bowen, of Bremen, IN., and Sara Jane Scandling of South Bend, IN.

On February 13, 1944, Evelyn married Earl Robert Amacher, who preceded her in death in 2005. She is survived by her daughter, Patty L. (Dale) Bingaman of Elkhart, IN. Three granddaughters survive; Christina Lynn Roach of Elkhart, IN, Melinda Kay Collins of Prestonburg, KY and Marlina Sue
(Jonathan) Chapman of Garrett, KY. Five great grandchildren, Tiffany Lynne, Tori Elaine, Tyler Patrick, Makayla Dawn and Bailey Clayton also survive, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Evelyn's earliest years were spent in Fulton County. She attended schools in Fulton, Francesville and Crown Point, where her father taught math and shop class while also coaching the high school basketball teams. She graduated from Crown Point High School in 1937 and Manchester College in 1942, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree. After college, Evelyn taught high school English and Literature and retired from Wheeler High School in Valparaiso, IN. She was also was a model in Chicago in the early 1950's, where her photographs were seen in many publications. She was a member of the Billy Graham Choir throughout the 1950's and attended the Moody Bible Institute in Grand Rapids, MI., and Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI. in the 1960's. She joined
the Reformed Church of North American Missions in Holland, MI in 1966, and was a missionary at the Reformed Church School at the Annville Institute Boarding School in Annville, KY, from 1966-1968. She was also a member of the Indiana Teachers Association, Republican Women for Bowen
and was the "family" photographer. Lyn enjoyed sewing and playing cards and scrabble with her close friends. Please gather with her family and friends at the Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin St. Elkhart, IN., from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, December 10, 2007. A service to celebrate her life
will be held on Tuesday, December 11, 2007, at 1:00 p.m. in Billings Funeral Home, where friends may also call for one hour prior to her service. The Reverend Karen Strietelmeier of Zion Lutheran Church in Bristol, IN will officiate. Burial and graveside services will follow at the IOOF Cemetery in Rochester, IN. Please direct any memorials to the Alzheimer's Association. To leave a condolence or share a memory of Evelyn please visit

Published in the South Bend Tribune on 12/8/2007.
Family links: 
  Vernie Bowen (1898 - 1983)
  Pearl Irene Wright Bowen (1899 - 1987)
  Esther L Bowen Plain (1916 - 2012)*
  Otis R. Bowen (1918 - 2013)*
  Evelyn M. Bowen Amacher (1920 - 2007)
  Richard A. Bowen (1923 - 1991)*
  Sarah Jane Bowen Scandling (1927 - 2009)*
*Calculated relationship
Rochester IOOF Cemetery
Fulton County
Indiana, USA
Created by: Scabbardfish
Record added: Dec 09, 2007
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Evelyn M. <i>Bowen</i> Amacher
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Evelyn M. <i>Bowen</i> Amacher
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