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Mary Alison Owens

MARY ALISON OWENS AUGUST 21, 1920 - MARCH 15, 2014 Mary Alison Owens (nee Beatty), known to friends and family since childhood as "Mippy," passed away at the age of 93 at Coventry Manor in Pottstown, on Saturday, March 15. She had been a resident of Keystone Villa in Douglassville for the past four years, prior to which she had lived at Sanatoga Ridge in Pottstown for 15 years. Born in Philadelphia to George H. Beatty, Jr. and Alison Levin Beatty on August 21, 1920, Mippy Beatty grew up in Merion. Her maternal grandfather, Isidore Levin, was the owner of Levin & Sons, a seafood importer, and president of the Philadelphia Grocers Association in the early 20th Century. Her paternal grandfather, G.H. Beatty, Sr., was a prominent Philadelphia banker. She attended the Baldwin School, graduating in 1938. She was a math tutor and a violinist with school orchestra while at Baldwin. As a prep school student she was also among the early participants in the Experiment in International Living, spending three months in France in 1937. Mippy Beatty went from the Baldwin School to Mount Holyoke College, graduating in 1942 with a degree in zoology. She remained a loyal alumna of Mount Holyoke throughout her life, most recently participating in her 70th class reunion in 2012. Following graduation from college, Ms. Beatty was employed as a technician in the hematology laboratory of Philadelphia Presbyterian Hospital. It was there that she met medical resident Richard R. Owens in 1944. She married Dr. Owens in 1946 and moved to his home town of Muncie, Indiana where he was establishing a medical practice. It was in Muncie that she raised her family of four children, residing there until 1994. Dr. Owens died in 1960; she subsequently married his elder brother, Evan, a newspaper columnist to whom she remained married until his death in 1974. A third marriage, to Don Richter in 1981 ended with his death in 1984. During her long residency in Muncie, Mrs. Owens was active in the Muncie Area YWCA, serving as its Camp Committee chair and for many years as its Treasurer. Mrs. Owens was known for her cheerful optimism, her love of travel, adventure, and wildlife -- particularly owls -- and playing bridge with her friends. She is survived by her four children, Barbara VanBuskirk and her husband Bill of Pottstown; Alison Owens of Albuquerque, NM; Susan Owens and her partner Radu Uta and step-son Dani of Paris, France; and David Owens and his wife Cathy, residents of Westfield, NJ currently serving with the U.S. Peace Corps in Jordan. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Christopher (spouse, Patricia), Neil (spouse Colleen) and Jeremy Owens; Alison VanBuskirk Philip (spouse Sajan), Megan Van Buskirk (fiance Eric Karlan) and Elizabeth VanBuskirk; and a great-grandson, Sam Owens. The funeral service will be private. Donations in Mrs. Owens' memory may be made to the United Way or the World Wildlife Fund. Arrangements are by Schumacher and Benner Funeral Home & Crematory 359 King St., Pottstown. Our web site exists to serve the friends and family of the deceased. Go to http://www.schumacherandbenner.com to extend sympathies and access additional service details.

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Schumacher and Benner Funeral Home
359 King Street Pottstown, PA 19464
610-326-5755
Published in The Mercury on Mar. 19, 2014
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