Joanne E. Owens, 78, passed away November 26, 2009 in Wilmington. NC, from complications from a sudden illness.
She was born September 21, 1931 in Washington, DC the daughter of the late George Reed and Flora Reed Kent. She moved to Wilmington in 1970.
She is survived by her loving husband of 40 years Albert R. Owens, her children Sandra Leser and husband Eric Leser of Wilmington, Bonnie Shook of Peru, NY, Larry Southall of Elon, NC and Terry McCloud of Wilmington, two stepchildren Albert Owens, Jr and Judy Owens, grandchildren Shannon Duboise of Wilmington and Andrea Shook of Leland, great grandchildren Trenton and Cayden Duboise and Hunter Shook and her cat Annie.
Joanne was a loving wife and mother. She was also a second mother to hundreds of children in New Hanover County as a school bus driver and monitor for the past 35 years. She had a special love for her bus chidren and co-workers. She was loved and will be missed by many.
A service will be held 10:00 am, Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at Calvary Chapel, 2831 Carolina Beach Road.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Felines, P.O. Box 475, Castle Hayne, NC 28429
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