Sheila Lynn Owens, age 69, died unexpectedly on July 18, 2013 in Stillwater, PA.
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Born October 28, 1943 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 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, PA. She was a wordsmith; a prolific and fluent writer and was employed as a news correspondent for The Times Leader, Citizen's 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 magistrate's office under the late former District Justice Earl S. Gregory, 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, and beloved granddaughter, Zoe Grace.
Also surviving are three sisters and their husbands: Carole and Glenn Hartford, Wynder, Georgia: Jacalyn and Joel Cohen, Baltimore, MD; Jill and John Ferdinand, Shavertown, PA; Nieces and nephews whom she much enjoyed: Tammy and Kai Gittens, Timothy and Brittany Franks, Scott and Amy Horton, Amanda and Brian Proctor, Ashley Ferdinand and Cameron Ferdinand; and a cousin Cheryl Smith.
She is also survived by former husband of over 20 years, Clifton J. Owens, and her mother-in-law Berdine Warner, who both remained a part of her life.
Memorial Service will be held at Metcalfe-Shaver-Kopcza Funeral Home Inc, 504 Wyoming Avenue, Wyoming, PA 18644 on Saturday July 27. Friends may call 3-4 p.m., with a memorial service at 4 p.m.
Published in Times Leader on July 21, 2013