Tanya Williamson
1952 - 2020
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Tanya LaRue (Owen) Williamson, the daughter to the late Willis Earl Owen and Joan Marie Kendall-Owen, was born Dec. 9, 1952, in Natrona Heights. The final chapter in her life concluded Oct. 13, 2020, after a long battle with cancer. Tanya was an alum of Har-Brack High School in Natrona Heights. She was employed as a steelworker for many years with Allegheny Ludlum Steel in Brackenridge, and later at Robroy Industries in Verona. Yearning for more, she continued on acquiring an additional degree and certificates from the former Newport Business Institute and Career Training Academy, both in Lower Burrell. She took after her passion and entered the healthcare industry, where she worked as a medical assistant and home health aide. Tanya cared unconditionally for others, including family up until the time that she needed care for herself. Tanya was known as "Mom", "Grandma", "Aunt Tanya", "Cousin Tanya", "Sister", "Ms. Tanya", "Dear Friend" and by her cousin Keitha "Tang" and "Tangie-Rangie" and was beloved by all. She loved and enjoyed life. She had a heart of pure gold, compassionate listening ear and always offered a soft word of advice for any that needed it. She always brought sunshine wherever she went, with her bright smile and contagious laugh. It instantly would turn anytime into a good and fun time. She was the epitome of a strong woman. She gave her all and was a proud member of New Kensington. She was instrumental in starting the Summer Basketball League, of which later became known as the Gosby "Goose" Pryor Basketball League. Her love for the neighborhood continued with her effortless volunteering. She had a keen caring eye and overflowing heart that continually gave to multiple volunteer programs, such as Project Seed and the New Kensington Food Bank. Tanya had an untouchable ability and gift for cooking. She put her "whole-self" in her cooking and never disappointed. Anytime there was a gathering between family or friends, she was always asked to prepare the food. Her love of cooking did not just stop with the soulful entrees; she added baking to it as well. She spent much time with and enjoyed baking with her great-granddaughters, Charisma and Francesca. She had an epic ear for music, especially her oldies and gospel. The house stayed with music playing. Her flow also showed in her love for dancing. She had her own "production" company, because she was always taping and downloading the latest line dance, video or a "Madea" stage play. Tanya was a woman that enjoyed looking good and having a great time. She kept up with the latest games and always knew of a good deal as a fancy, frugal shopper. Loved ones who survive to cherish her memory and plan to meet her in the royal city is her mother, Joan M. Kendall-Owen; sons, Ricardo Owen Sr., Lindsey (Dorothy Collier) Owen, of New Kensington, and Troy Owen, of Brackenridge; brothers, Darryl Owen, of New Kensington, Derek (Taunya) Owen, of Indianapolis, Ind., Duane (Miklyn) Owen, of Centreville, Va.; sister, Kimberly Leonard-Smith, of New Kensington, and Lisa (Greg) Anderson, of Indianapolis, Ind. Tanya also leaves to cherish her memory her "very loved" great-granddaughters, Charisma and Francesca Houston, along with 23 grandchildren and 23 other great-grandchildren. She is also survived by many, many close loving cousins and close friends including maternal first cousins, Keitha Kendall-White, of Upper Burrell, Paul Derrick Carter and Lynn Sidney, both of Arnold, and paternal first cousin, Iris Owen, of New Kensington, and lifelong friend, Vera Turner, of Lower Burrell. Special friend Paula Moore and sister Kimberly Leonard-Smith were God sent angels who provided selfless care, compassion and comfort for Tanya from the onset of her illness. Their dedication and commitment to her care throughout the course of her illness was exceptional. The family would like to thank Tindell Care and Heritage Home Hospice for providing professional and compassionate in-home care and making her days comforting during her final course. Preceding her death were her father, Willis Owen, brother, Ranaldo Owen Sr., sister, Cathy Owen, and grandson, Jordan Jackson, of New Kensington. Family and friends will be received from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in the JOSEPH J. CARDARO FUNERAL HOME, 1125 Kenneth Ave., New Kensington, 724-337-3325. A funeral service will be held immediately following the visitation at 1 p.m. Burial will follow in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights.

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Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Oct. 17, 2020.
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October 18, 2020
Tanya was a good friend of mine. I have known her for some thirty years, and found here to be a joyful and upbeat person. She will truly be missed by family and friends who truly knew and loved her for the wonderful person and mother she was to her sons.
Robert Lewis
October 18, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Julia Groncki
October 17, 2020
Tanya has been a dear friend of mine since her kids and my kids were little. I spent many a day at her house and we had a lot of fun together. She had such a beautiful personality and everyone who knew her always had loving words to say about her. I kept in touch with her when our kids grew up also and often ran into her at all kinds of events. Each time I saw her we would laugh and her face always lit up with joy. She always had kind words for everyone and it was hard to end our conversations because we always had so much to say to each other. Tanya always had kids around her when I saw her and you could tell she knew how to take care of them. She was such a nice person to be around and put you at ease when you were in her presence. I am going to miss you my dear friend so much. I thank God that I knew such a wonderful person and will cherish each and every moment and times we shared together. To Troy, Lindsey and Ricardo you may have lost a mother but I also feel a loss of a dear friend. To the family of Tanya I send my heartfelt sympathy and may God comfort you. She no longer has to suffer and God will take care of her now. She used to always call me Myrt - sleep well Tanya and may you always RIP.
Myrtle L Gray
October 17, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always. Love Marneese ( Jay) Nicholson.
Marneese Nicholson
October 17, 2020
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October 16, 2020
Gram i love and miss you rest easy you were a real earth angel 143
James Moore
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