Sheila Lynn Owens, 69, died unexpectedly Thursday, July 18, 2013, in Stillwater.
Born Oct. 28, 1943, in Wilkes-Barre, to Jean and Jack Slusser, she was a 1961 graduate of Whitehall High School.
She attended East Stroudsburg State College where she married Mitch Brown and had one daughter, Melissa. She later moved to the Wyoming Valley where she married Clifton J. Owens and had her second daughter, Tiffany.
Sheila lived most of her life in Shavertown. She was a wordsmith — a prolific and fluent writer and was employed as a news correspondent by The Times Leader, The Citizens' Voice, and the Dallas Post, for many years. She was a respected beat reporter
for local elections and was well versed in the language, issues, and events that mattered. Following her newspaper career, she worked in the late former Magisterial District Justice Earl S. Gregory's office in Shavertown.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack S. and Jean Slusser.
She is survived by daughter, Melissa and her husband Daren Collins; daughter, Tiffany Owens; beloved granddaughter, Zoe Grace. Also surviving are three sisters and their husbands, Carole and Glenn Hartford, Wynder, Ga.; Jacalyn and Joel Cohen, Baltimore, Md.; Jill and John Ferdinand, Shavertown. She much enjoyed spending time with her nieces and nephews, Tammy and Kai Gittens, Timothy and Brittany Franks, Scott and Amy Horton, Amanda and Brian Proctor, Ashley Ferdinand and Cameron Ferdinand; a cousin, Cheryl Smith.
She is also survived by her former husband of more than 20 years, Clifton J. Owens; and her mother-in-law, Berdine Warner, who both remained a part of her life.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday from Metcalfe-Shaver-Kopcza Funeral Home Inc., 504 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, PA 18644. Friends may call 3 p.m. to service time.