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Ella Louise Kimbrew Bates Evans, aged 90, passed on December 13, 2015 in the Health Care facility at Robin Run Village. She was the oldest of three children born to Rayfield and Jessie (Gish) Kimbrew and raised by her father and stepmother, Mary Catherine (Johnson) Kimbrew. Born in Indianapolis, Louise attended public schools and graduated from Crispus Attucks High School, class of 1941, 13th in a class of 226. She grew up in Second Christian church (now Light of the World CC ) and continued an active member and leader in churches wherever she lived.

She retired from the General Office of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Division of Homeland Ministries as Director of Family and Children's Ministries. Louise continued this work with the National Council of Christian Churches (NCEC) as Director of Family Ministry in Black Churches Project. Her interest in Family education was fostered by a B. S. in Home Economics Education, M.S. in Child Development and Family Life from Purdue University and a Doctorate in Adult Education from Indiana University. Before joining the staff of the Christian Church, Dr. Louise Bates (Evans) was Assistant Professor of Family Studies at Purdue University, West Lafayette IN and Virginia Teach in Blacksburg VA. She also taught at Wintrop College, Rock Hill, SC., IUPUI in Indianapolis and Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis.

Louise is survived by sons William Raphael Bates, Louis Allen Bates (grandson whom she raised); brother Raphiel Kimbrew; grandsons Michael Kimbrew and Gordon Winters and granddaughter Carmynn Bates; step daughters Stacy Duke and Eddie Lo Griffin and their families; great grandsons, one great, great grandson and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, M. Josephine Winters ; husbands William Bates and Lorenzo Evans and a sister, Mary Kathryn Sayles.



Funeral Information


Funeral Service for Ella Louise Kimbrew Bates Evans will be held on Sunday, December 20th, 2015. at Crown Hill Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be

1:00 PM. to 2:00PM. Service will begin at 2:00 PM


Donations Information


In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Louise's honor to the Robin Run Heritage Fund; Living Water Christian Church Fund at Christian Church Foundation, 1099 N. Meridian St., Suite 700, Indianapolis, IN 46206-1986; or Mary Kay Ash Charitable foundation, POB 799045, Dallas TX, 75394.