Sharon Owens

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Sharon L. Owens Oct. 17, 1939 - May 16, 2014 MISHAWAKA - Sharon L. Owens, 74, died May 16th at 1:12 pm at home, after battling diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis and gout for over 30 years. The daughter of Carl D. Personette and Cora B. (Chapman) Personette, Sharon was born at her grandparents' farm located on County Line Road between Cass County and White County in Indiana on October 17, 1939. Sharon was preceded in death by her husband, Charles F. Owens, both parents and grandparents, as well as her brothers, Robert and James P. Personette; and a nephew, Edward Carl Personette (son of James and Charlene Personette). Survivors include her son, John Charles Owen and his fiance' Tamara Barrett; 3 grandsons, Shayne Roets-Owens, Dominick and Presley; 2 granddaughters, Arija and Kyla Owens; one sister, Alice (L.B) Phillips of Ranger, GA; a sister-in-law, Charlene Personette of Mishawaka; 2 nieces, Robin Personette of Mishawka and Lisa McFarley of Ackworth, GA; and 5 nephews, Jeffery Winter of Mishawaka, Michael (Michelle) Personette of Mishawaka, Robert J. (Kelli) Personette of Granger, Luther (Louise) Phillips of Ranger, GA, and Daniel (Carrie) Personette of Chicago. Many great-nieces and nephews also survive. After graduation from Mishawaka High School in 1957, Sharon was employed at the South Bend Tribune for 5 years in the Circulation Dept. before settling into full time homemaking. On October 15, 1960, in East United Methodist Church, Sharon was united in marriage with Charles F. Owens of Marco, Indiana. He died February 22, 2005. They made their home in Mishawaka. During the 60's and 70's Sharon worked as a teller at the North Side Branch of the former 1st National Bank of Mishawaka. Then, before retirement, Sharon was again employed, this time by the State of Indiana at Workforce Development Inc., using computer skills in the Adjudication Center both in the Elkhart office and the South Bend office. Each of these positions provided great fulfillment to Sharon as she loved the challenge of learning something new. However, she was never bored being a full time homemaker either. She loved to entertain, cook and bake, decorate the house for the holidays, babysit, and do crafts of all kinds, especially ball-point embroidery and jewelry making. She worked jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles and word search puzzles. She and her sister had a passion for climbing the family tree. They could be found in cemeteries, courthouses, libraries and at the computer in search of all those elusive relatives of long ago. Sharon attended East Methodist Church from the age of 3 years and was baptized and confirmed as a full member on May 6, 1951. Sharon was a devout Christian and participated actively on many committees, taught Sunday School at many age levels, and was a member of the United Methodist Women. She served as a circle leader as well as treasurer. In 1992 she became a member of a District U.M Steering Committee to plant a new church in Granger. The seed group for this church met first at The Res in Mishawka, then moved to Chapel Hill Funeral Home in Osceola, before purchasing land and building the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church on Elm Road in Granger. She rejoined East United Methodist Church on October 11, 2009. One of the high points of her life occurred in 1994 and again in 1996 when Sharon and Chuck had the opportunity to travel with a Mission Marketing work team to Jamaica, where they served as missioners and construction workers doing repairs on church buildings. Sharon was struck by the sheer poverty of the people in the villages on the little island known to most Americans as a tourist resort area. Yet, despite the poverty, the people had a faith that out-shone any they had ever seen. No matter what tragedy came their way, they always seemed to know God would provide for them in some way. What an eye-opener and reality check it was to see this kind of faith at work in the midst of poverty. During the first trip to Jamaica Sharon had the opportunity to witness to her faith during presentation of devotions at the Black River High School morning assembly. Visitation with the family will be held at Bubb Funeral Chapel in Mishawaka from 2 until 6 p.m. Sunday May 18, 2104. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the East United Methodist Church on 3rd street in Mishawaka. Family and friends are invited to share in a celebration of Sharon's life during a service to be conducted at the funeral home on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Mark Zerkle officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery in Mishawaka beside her husband, the love of her life. Rest in peace, Mom. You and Dad have been good and faithful servants.

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Bubb Funeral Chapel
3910 N. Main Mishawaka, IN 46545
574 255-3126
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Published in South Bend Tribune on May 18, 2014