Dorothy Riley Owen, age 94, of Alexandria, VA, peacefully passed away on April 30, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Jack S. Owen for 66 years. Born on July 7, 1920 in Hillsborough, NC, one of 13 children of the late Alexander and Novella Watkins Riley, she attended the Hillsborough public schools and was an active member of the Eno Methodist Church. She attended college at UNCG and Duke University, majoring in Pre-Med Business. Dorothy left college to support the war by working for IBM at Fort Bragg, NC. While there, she met First Lieutenant Jack S. Owen and they were married on May 15, 1942. After living in Alexandria, LA, Jack was transferred to Chicago, IL, where son Robert was born. When Jack was transferred overseas for the remainder of the war, Dorothy and Robert moved to Bedford, VA to live with Jackâ€™s parents, the late Robert Quarles and Eugie Saunders Owen. Dorothy enjoyed social events and outings with friends and their children and playing duplicate bridge at Jackâ€™s parentâ€™s home. After Jack returned from overseas, son John was born in Lynchburg, VA, and the family moved to California and then to Greece. After leaving Greece, Jack was transferred to Alexandria, VA, where daughter Genie was born. A final military move took the family to Paris, France before retirement brought them back to Alexandria, VA. She is survived by her sons and their wives Robert Owen and Lyn, John Owen and Beth, her daughter and her husband, Genie Safriet and Philip, grandchildren Mark Owen, Nathan Owen, Stephen Owen, Annie Stinson, and Riley Owen, and great grandchildren Owen Stinson and Alice Stinson. A memorial service will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church in Alexandria, VA, and internment will be at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.
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Published in Bedford Bulletin from May 20 to May 21, 2015