It is with heavy hearts that the family of Elizabeth "Betty" Owens announces her passing on Friday, December 21, 2018, at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital in Fredericton, N.B.
Born in Saint John, N.B., on January 27, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Florence (Halpin) Owens. She was the youngest of eight children, and is survived by her brother James of Saint John, N.B., as well as numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by brothers William, George and Edward and sisters Frances, Patricia and Catherine.
Betty was a person of profound generosity and fierce dedication. A Beaverbrook scholar, she excelled academically and then professionally. Throughout her career, she was a devoted advocate for children with special needs, and women. She was a special education teacher, and later became Assistant Deputy Minister of Education for N.B. After retiring, she was a board member for the Credit Counselling Society. She touched and improved many lives. Betty was an inspiration to all who knew and loved her. She was a strong, intelligent, exuberant, humorous, and yet humble friend and mentor. She was the family matriarch, who kept in close contact with her nieces and nephews, offering encouragement and guidance. She was a gourmet cook, who loved fine food and raising a glass, and she took great joy in spoiling others with her wonderful meals and gifts. She loved to travel, and she loved animals, especially her Schnauzers. Betty was always doing for others and deeply loved her family and friends. We are truly blessed to have had her in our lives, and she is dearly missed. May we be comforted by the words she wrote in the Owens Magazine:
"We laugh and bear sad and rough moments with a strength that comes from faith and saved memories of happier times."
There will be no visitation. A memorial mass will be held at St. Dunstan’s Catholic Church on Friday, January 11, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. Interment will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery at a date to be determined. Donations in Elizabeth’s memory can be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. On-line condolences may be made at www.mcadamsfh.com