Evelyn R. Bowen, 82, of Marion, passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at CarePartners Solace Center in Asheville.

Evelyn was a native of McDowell County, born Aug. 12, 1936, to the late Aaron and Sippie Ratcliff. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Kimberly Yates; her first husband, John Thomas Undercoffer; and her second husband, William Bowen. Evelyn was a member of Clinchfield United Methodist Church. She will be remembered as a beloved mother and for the wonderful poetry she wrote. Evelyn loved nature, and she was very interested in the study of American Indian culture and history. In Evelyn's younger years, she was a world traveler and taught others to speak German. She was a graduate of Southern Seminary College and also earned a Jager license in Germany for hunting and conservations. Evelyn had numerous individuals whom she raised and protected as they were growing up.

Surviving are her children, Kirt W. Undercoffer of Baltimore, Md., Heidi Cooper of Lincoln, Neb.; a sister; two brothers; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a special person to Evelyn, Martha Hardy.

A going away party to celebrate her life will be held Friday, June 28, in the Chapel of Westmoreland Funeral Home in Marion, at 10:30 a.m. The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., one hour prior.

Following the service, Evelyn will be laid to rest with her second husband, William, at Western Carolina State Cemetery.

Westmoreland Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at

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