Marie Owens

Marie Owens, a resident of Klamath Falls, died Feb. 22, 2014, at 87. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in O'Hair Funeral Chapel. A celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, in Klamath Lutheran Church; entombment will be at Eternal Hills Memorial Gardens. Marie Owens was born Sept. 28, 1926, to Wilkes Burt Quattlebaum and Bertha Lee Wade in Trout, La. She grew up in Louisiana, Texas, Nevada, and California. In 1945, she graduated from Leuzinger High School in Hawthorne, Calif. She and her husband, John moved to Oregon to build the 58 Café on Highway 58 and later she and John helped her parents build the Odell Lake Resort. She and John had two children Tina and Tim. Later, they sold the 58 Café and moved to Klamath Falls. After divorcing John Amuchastegui, Marie later married Bruce Owens in June 1960 in Klamath Falls and created a blended family with Molly, Bruce, Tina and Tim. Marie and Bruce owned and operated Bruce Owens Real Estate for many, many years. They made a great real estate team. Bruce would get so excited and enthusiastic about the properties he showed that buyers couldn't help but buy. Marie would then put together all the pieces and details necessary to complete the transaction. In 1978, Marie and Bruce developed and completed the Nob Hill Sub Division. She wrote a book to commemorate the development of this project. This book was placed in the Shaw Library. Marie was an avid outdoor person. She loved deer hunting and time on the ranches of Eastern Klamath County, enjoying the unique beauty of the Klamath Basin. Marie was a longtime member of Soroptimist and served as president in 1973. She was dedicated to Soroptimist and attended regular meetings until she became physically unable to do so. She was a member of the Klamath County Association of Realtors from 1969 to 2009. She was honored by being recognized as Realtor of the Year in 1992. She also became, after many tests and much study, a California Real Estate Broker. Marie was a longtime member of Klamath Lutheran Church. She loved her time with family and planning family events and the annual family reunions at Odell Lake Resort. She was a longtime member of the Assistance League of Klamath Basin. Marie is survived by her sons, Tim (Cecelia) Amuchastegui and Bruce (Cher) Owens; daughter, Mollie (Mary) Owens; grandchildren, Tahn Amuchastegui, Lindsey Amuchastegui, Jennifer Amuchastegui, Aaron Amuchastegui, Matthew Amuchastegui, Ericha Yohner, Robert Owens and Rebecca Duncan; 17 great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and close friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Owens; her mother, Lee Wade; her step-father, Wilson Wade; and her daughter, Tina Amuchastegui. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Assistance League of Klamath Falls, 1330 E. Main St., or the in her name.

Funeral Home

Eternal Hills Memorial Gardens
4711 Highway 39 Klamath Falls, OR 97603
(541) 884-3668

Published in Herald And News on Feb. 28, 2014