News and Tribune

April 21, 2013

Thelma Bowe Johnson, 85; of Sellersburg

A funeral mass for Thelma Bowe Johnson, 85, of Sellersburg, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, at St. Joe Catholic Church, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. She died Friday, April 19, 2013, at Clark Memorial Hospital in Jeffersonville.

She was retired from Colgate-Palmolive, was a member of St. Joe Catholic Church and also attended St. Paul Catholic Church. She won a Supreme Court decision for equal pay for women’s rights in the workforce, Bowe vs. Colgate-Palmolive. 

Survivors include her sister, Valeria Schidler, of Sellersburg; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Johnon; brothers, Kenneth Bowe, Dennis Bowe, Cyril Bowe and George G. Bowe; sisters, Adelaide Renn and Elma Daugherty. 

Visitation at Garr Funeral Home in Sellersburg will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. 

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