Janice Owens was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio on November 8, 1948 to Joyce and Wilfred Blechinger. She graduated from Libby High School, where her mom and grandfather had attended, as head of her class with honors at the age of 17. She moved to California at the age of 18 where she found her passion for the water. Her years in California were spent traveling throughout state and national parks, beaches and natural areas camping along the way, often roadside.
Once her daughter was born she traveled across the US in a VW Bus with her baby and best friend in an adventurous 10,000 mile journey. The stories from this trip are legendary. Upon returning to California she moved back to Ohio, where she her son was born, and lived on a farm raising her two children and maintaining the farm. She was incredibly creative and began to paint scenes of the California coast and rural Ohio. She canned fruit and vegetables from their fields, tended the livestock and remodeled the farmhouse. In the local town of Troy, Ohio she found her entrepreneurial spirit and started her own business selling cast iron wood-burning stoves.
She moved to Houston in 1982 where she obtained her real estate license and worked at Dorothy Stall and Associates, ReMax Space Center and Prudential Gary Greene Realtors. Over the years she has become the waterfront specialist in the greater Bay Area awarded locally as the Best of the Bay Realtor. Janice has been a top realtor in the Bay Area and Texas since the early 1990's. Her awards include Top Producer, Top Sales, and Top Listing Agent, Outstanding Performance, ReMax Hall of Fame, ReMax Lifetime Achievement Award, 100% Club, Chairman's Circle Diamond Club, Platinum Club, President's Club and Chairman's Club, Lexington's Who's Who of Executives and Professionals, among many more. Her awards are so numerous it would be impossible to list them in their entirety. Her son, Keith Owens, joined her team at Prudential Gary Greene and continues her legacy and stellar service provided to the community. She loved her work and was known for her perseverance, professionalism and personal care treating everyone as her most important client.
Janice was exceptionally generous, donating her time and monies to numerous organizations, most notably Friends Helping Friends, Sierra Club, Houston Food Bank, Star of Hope Mission, Church Under the Bridge, The TADPOLE Organization, Heifer International Ambassadors Council, Children's Miracle Network, Audubon, World Wildlife Fund and many more. She sponsored local baseball, softball teams, schoolyard habitats, Pelican Path Project and so much more. She was a member of Seabrook Rotary Club, Lakewood Yacht Club, TAACCL, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Museum of Natural Science, SEACAP, BAYCAP and countless more. She was a mentor, hosted exchange students and opened her home to many friends, family and those in need of a place to stay. Her extravagant parties and gatherings noted her hospitality. Every holiday was celebrated in style with family and friends.
Janice privately battled Leukemia over the past year continuing to work and celebrate life. Unfortunately, she lost her battle and passed peacefully at the age of 62 on Tuesday, August 16the at 9:50 pm in her home overlooking Clear Lake with her family and friends at her side. She lives on in each and every one of us in the compassion we find in our hearts. Janice was spiritual, adventurous, generous, kind, gifted, loving, devoted, eccentric, beautiful, fun, forgiving, compassionate, private, creative and blessed. She is survived by her daughter, Bejat McCracken and husband Shawn McCracken and their son Forrest and her son, Keith Owens and wife Carrie Owens and their daughter Justice and son Kaiden.
Services will be held September 3rd at Peace Lutheran Church in Pasadena at 11 am with a Celebration of Life Party to follow at Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook from 12:30-3:30 pm. In lieu of flowers please donate to Friends Helping Friends, Sierra Club, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or donate blood to your local blood bank or MD Anderson to help save a life.