Gwen Stone

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Gwen Owen Stone

The Pi Phi's truly

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heavenly angel

Richmond, VA - Gwen Stone, 69, of Richmond, VA passed away April 17th at the Memorial Campus of Mission Hospitals in Asheville, North Carolina.

Born in Cherryvale, Kansas on December 31, 1942, Gwen was the daughter of the late Gordon Stanley Owen, M.D. and Claire McLure Owen. Her family soon thereafter moved to the Black Hills of Rapid City, South Dakota, a place she ultimately called home.

Gwen is survived by her husband of 47 years, Russell; daughter Jane; son, Cam and wife Laura; grandchildren Colin, Ellie, and Owen; and brother Park Owen.

Gwen graduated from Rapid City High School in 1961 and was crowned Ms. Rapid City that same year. She then attended The University of Iowa where she completed her studies resulting in a bachelor's degree while rooting for the Hawkeyes as a varsity cheerleader. As a rising college senior, a blind date led Gwen to an Air Force officer, Russell, whom she ultimately married July 10, 1965. After a brief stay in Fairystone, Virginia at the Stone family retreat, she moved to Richmond with her husband to begin her life as a dedicated wife, mother, and dental hygienist.

Gwen was a devoted volunteer of her time and efforts for many causes. Her vibrant personality and willingness to contribute were felt throughout many realms. She was passionate about her children and worked very hard to support the missions of both St. Michael's Episcopal School and Trinity Episcopal School. Gwen was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority for over 50 years. She was active with the University of Richmond students and the local alumna serving in numerous leadership roles. Instrumental in bringing sororities to the University of Richmond, Gwen served as Chair of its advisory committee for 6 years. This May, she was to be inducted as Pi Phi's newest Golden Arrow. Gwen was also an active volunteer with the General Federation of Women's Clubs. She served as Past President of the Lee District Bon Air Junior Women's Club and for several years as a Junior Chairperson for the District. A strong advocate for women and children's welfare, Gwen was active with P.E.O., Easter Seal's Virginia and the Association for the Study of Childhood Cancer.

A celebration of Gwen's life will be held April 26th at The Mill at Fine Creek in Powhatan County, Virginia at 6 pm.

In lieu of gifts and flowers, a donation can be made in Gwen's name to the Elizabeth Kates Foundation, 316 Oak Lane, Richmond, VA 23226 or your preferred charity.

Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Apr. 22, 2012
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