Lou Randall Owensby CHARLOTTE - Lucia "Lou" Randall Owensby, 81, passed away on March 3, 2013, in Charlotte, NC. She was the second child of Aileen Alvarez and William Plaisted Randall, born on January 10, 1932, in Jacksonville, FL. She grew up in Norfolk, VA, later moved with her family to Tampa, FL, where she completed high school and college. She began post graduate studies in Social Work at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, where she met and married C. Norman Owensby, MD in 1958. After her husband fulfilled his commitment to the Air Force, during which time she and Norman had their four children, they settled in the Charlotte, NC, area in 1963 and raised their family there as her husband established his medical practice. Lou later finished her Masters in Social Work in 1968 at UNC Chapel Hill, taught Social Work at Queens College for a decade and was a marriage and family therapist in private practice for almost 20 years. Many reading this will smile remembering the benefit of her counsel and kindness. With two of her clients, Lou developed a program to address debilitating anxiety and agoraphobia, founded a company (CHAANGE) to promote this program and found herself on the lecture and interview circuit across the country, even appearing on the Phil Donahue, Larry King, and Oprah Winfrey shows. She loved ballroom dancing, Christmastime, and painting, primarily still life and landscapes; she often tried to capture scenery and images from another of her interests - travel. She and her husband (her best friend for 55 years) travelled the world many times over in what they called "their wonderful adventure," taking several trips each year for over thirty years. Her early favorites were Lake Lucerne in Switzerland and Bavaria; her later favorites were Florence and Venice, Italy, where she and her husband spent much time. She took up snow skiing at the age of fifty to ski with her family in the Rockies and the Alps. Though Lou and Norman had four children, her third child was very special to her. Jon, born with Down syndrome, taught her, her family and even friends of the family far more than they were ever able to teach him. She was a fierce advocate for those she felt needed an extra hand and those she loved. Lou was known and cherished for her practical wisdom, wit and unforgettable laugh and is and will be unspeakably missed. She is survived by her husband, Norman Owensby, MD, of Charlotte; two sons, Jon Owensby of Rutherfordton, NC, Charlton Owensby, MD, of Charlotte; two daughters, Jennice Hatcher of Charlotte and Jennifer Sanza of Durham, NC; four grandchildren; and eleven nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her only sibling, William P. Randall, Jr. In lieu of flowers, Lou asked that those inclined consider a gift to the Empty Stocking Fund, P.O. Box 37269, Charlotte, NC 28237-7269.
Published in Charlotte Observer on Dec. 8, 2013