Evelyn G. Lowery and the Rev. Joseph Lowery attend the 50th Anniversary March on Washington at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 2013. (Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post)

Evelyn Lowery, the wife of the Rev. Joseph Lowery, a civil rights leader, died Sept. 26 at her home in Atlanta. She was 88.

The cause was a stroke, said family spokeswoman Diane Larche. Joseph Lowery, a founder and former president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and his wife were in Birmingham, Ala., earlier this month for the 50th anniversary of a racist church bombing that killed four black girls in 1963.

Evelyn Lowery founded SCLC/WOMEN in 1979. The group works to empower women, girls and families. She also created the Drum Major of Justice Awards held annually in April in Atlanta.

The daughter of a Methodist preacher, Evelyn Gibson was born Feb. 16, 1925, in Memphis.

Besides her husband, whom she married in 1948, survivors include three daughters; a sister; and many grandchildren.