Ethel Louise Bowers passed away on October 19, 1995.
She was born in Rexburg, Idaho to Naomi Beesley and John P. Bowers. Lived in Idaho Falls until family was transferred to Salt Lake City.Graduated from East High School and the University of Utah with a B.S. Degree. Received a Grammar Grade Certificate, Life Certificate and an Elementary Education Certificate. Member of Alpha Chi Sorority at the University of Utah.
Taught school in Salt Lake City at the Sumner and Newman Schools for many years. Did special one-year study work with six classes in arithmetic for the Assistant Superintendent of Salt Lake City Schools. Gave several music demonstrations for Salt Lake City Music teachers. Prepared full class exhibit for Schools, Art Supervisor for exhibit at Highland High School.
Served as Vice President of the Salt Lake Teacher's Association; Chairman of the Social Committee; also U.E.A. House of Delegates; and as Faculty Representative several years.
Was a Red Cross First Aid Instructor of adult groups, and served on the Women's Affairs Board for Civil Defense. Helped plan emergency drills for schools; city walk outs for evacuation; emergency mass preparation of meals; and mass evacuation of city; and state training chairman for organization of defense centers. Was appointed to the responsibility of being in charge of Wasatch Springs as a decontamination center for poison gas cases.
Was first woman in the state, not on military duty, to be trained in poison gas and training in a gas chamber. Was on Committee to prepare civil defense training manual course of study for the Salt Lake City Schools.
Also one of the first women asked to organize and serve at the USO when it first opened on East South Temple where she assisted until the closing.
Member of the American Association of University Women for many years, serving on the Board of Directors, and as group chairman of several various groups in this organization. Member of Delta Kappa Gamma for many years. Served as program chairman of Alpha Chapter and Scholarship chairman of Zeta Chapter. Former member of the Salt Lake Business and Professional Woman's group.
Member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church where she was vice president of St. Margaret's Guild.
Made speeches before the Mayor and City Commissioners in behalf of Preservation of East South Temple; Preservation of Historic buildings; and downzoning of East South Temple.
Served as Drama Chairman for the Utah State Federation of Women's Clubs; gave programs for the State Federation and also for the Western States Conference of the General Federation of Women's Clubs.
Was an active member of the Ladies Literary Club, having served on the Board of Directors; also Parliamentarian; and Chairman of Heritage and Preservation. Worked to get the Ladies Literary Clubhouse on the Utah and National Registers of Historic Sites. Also was Bicentennial Chairman for the Club.
Ethel Louise was preceded in death by her mother and father, and brother, George P. Bowers.
She has requested that there be no viewing. Burial will be in the family plot in Mount Olivet Cemetery, 1342 East 500 So., where graveside services will be held Thursday, Nov. 2, 1995 at 2 p.m. Funeral Directors: Evans & Early Mortuary.
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