Published 12:00 am Monday, February 8, 2010
Evalyn M. Brownlow, 92, of Rochester and formerly of LeRoy died Saturday at Madonna Meadows in Rochester.
She was born Dec. 30, 1917 in Rose Creek, Minn. to Earl Fargusson and Martha (Messenger) Fargusson. She attended and graduated from Chester High School in 1935 she went on to beauty school in Waterloo, Iowa, graduating in 1937. On Jan. 15, 1938, she was united in marriage to Russell T. Brownlow in Waterloo and together they farmed in the LeRoy area until Russell’s death in 1970. After her husbands death, Evalyn moved into LeRoy where she worked for the LeRoy Independent, writing a column called “Cooking With Ev.” In 1976 she attended and graduated from Rochester Vo Tech. She went on to work as a ward secretary at Methodist Hospital in Rochester for 11 years. After her retirement, she continued to do volunteer work with the Pink Ladies at Methodist. Evalyn was an avid reader at times reading over a book a week. She enjoyed playing bridge and she loved to travel. While she was in LeRoy, she was a member of the Pleasure Club and an active Member of the LeRoy Presbyterian Church and its women’s association. She was also very active in the local 4-H club.
She is survived by her children, Sandra (Roger) Bowers of Oronoco, Minn., Richard “Dick” (Barb) Brownlow of Walker, Minn. and Cynthia “Cindy” Mike Volkart of Shakopee, Minn.; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. She also survived by two sisters, Elizabeth (Ralph) Maxwell of Perham, Minn. and Harriett Oldenburg of Austin.
Evalyn was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers, Ralph and Earl; and two sisters, Lois and Virginia.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010 at the Chapel at Madonna Meadows, 3035 Salem Meadows Drive SW, Rochester, Minn. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2010 at the First Presbyterian Church in LeRoy with the Rev. Neal Solomonson officiating. Spring burial will take place in the Leroy Cemetery. Friends may call at the Church on Wednesday one hour prior to the service.
Memorials are preferred to Seasons Hospice.
Condolences may be left online at www.hindtfuneralhomes.com.
Hindt Funeral Homes is in charge of arrangements.