Grace Carmlette Owen
1922 - 2021
September 17, 1922
April 23, 2021
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Celebration of Life
Aug, 28 2021
Newark United Methodist Church
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Grace Carmlette (Richardson) Owen was born to William Winfree and Gracelyn Arline (Driscoll) Richardson on September 17, 1922 in Barhamsville, Virginia. She had 5 siblings: William Winfree,Jr., John Avery, and Anne Bernice Monacell pre-deceased her; Frank Raymond and Gary Meade are still living. She was the big sister to them and very much enjoyed their relationships, especially during her last 20+ years.

Grace loved her family so much. She and her husband James Bishop Owen (Jim), who pre-deceased her, published a family newsletter, The Owenews, each and every month after they married on July 13, 1946. Recently, Grace began compiling the memories of her life. She had completed the period 1922-1964 and hoped to finish them while recovering from her recent medical procedures. Many of her memories are of family cross country camping trips (she visited all 50 states) and her travels with Jim to 15 countries (often with the Elder Hostel Program.) She enjoyed her children and grandchildren visiting at 907 South College Avenue, and later at White Chapel Village, where she lived for more than 20 years. Having her daughter Susan move directly across the street, allowed Grace to remain mostly independent, until her recent hospitalizations.

Grace met her husband Jim at Georgetown High School, where she taught business for 8 years. She took time off to have children and resumed teaching when Susan became five years old. A year later, in 1960, the family moved to Newark. Grace worked one year for the Dean of the U of DE Agricultural School, and taught a year at Newark High School before teaching at Christiana High School for the next 22 years. She really enjoyed teaching in the same school with Jim and where all three of their children attended.

Grace was very active in her Newark United Methodist Church. (NUMC). Her faith meant a lot to her, demonstrated by the life she led, and nurtured through her daily devotions from The Upper Room. Mrs. Wilson's Bible Class, UMW Circle, and Trying Christians were how she pursued discipleship.

She was also very active in three service clubs: New Century Club (GFWC), Family Community and Education, and American Association of University Women; serving as president and other officers. She enjoyed making quilts for her children and grandchildren with the Ladybug Quilters. Her last were two beautiful "Quilts in a Box" made for her two younger brothers.

Grace was looking forward to returning home and having the caregiver rotation Susan had organized, but God called her home to be with Jesus, Jim, her parents and other relatives late in the evening of April 23, 2021. She had a full 98 years of great living and began to experience shortness of breath and congestive heart failure in her 99th year. Even in those 98 years, she rarely experienced pain. People were often surprised at her age, because she was so youthful. Grace really benefited from her younger friends!

She is survived by her three children: James Richardson Owen (Alexandra Ackles), William Walter Owen (Gail Logsdon), and Susan Arline (Owen) Sheldon (Paul Harold); her nine grandchildren: Jonathan Richardson Owen (Margaret Whitford), Lauren Elizabeth Sheldon (Julie Farrell), Rebekah Elizabeth Owen, Joshua Clayton Ackles Owen (Sarah Eckfeldt), Andrew William Owen (Katin Costley), Jason Paul Sheldon (Debora Henglen), Jeremy James Ackles Owen (Kelcey McLaughlin), Ian Michael Owen (Chelsea Bedwell), and Joel David Owen (Stephanie Mason); and 8 great-grandchildren: Benjamin, Charlotte Grace, Daniel, Riley Grace, Eliza, Jace, Edmund, Hadley Rae (and another due mid-July!). Also surviving is Grace's CHS '72 Finnish foreign exchange daughter Leena (Huotilainen) Salonsaari.She is also survived by many beloved nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews who looked to her as the matriarch of the family. One of her greatest joys was attending many of her extended family weddings which were like family reunions. She was the glue that bound us together and will be sorely missed by all of her family members, as well as her numerous friends and former students, two of whom are neighbors. She loved making her scrapbooks and photo albums. She is one of the most documented persons ever! That's our Amazing Grace!

A Celebration of life will be held at 2 PM Saturday August 28, 2021 at NUMC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to NUMC and sent in care of R.T. Foard & Jones Funeral Home, 122 W. Main Street, Newark, DE 19711. To send online condolences please visit, Burial will be later in 2021 in Virginia.
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Published by Sussex Countian from May 6 to May 16, 2021.
Celebration of Life
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I know Mrs. Owen is in Heaven right now, having a ball, seeing family and friends. She was a great landlady and always so kind and gracious to me. My prayers and condolences to the entire Owen family.
Susan Brook
May 18, 2021
Dear Susan and family, You may not remember me as I have been a French AFS exchange student in 1974/1975 in Christiana High School, hosted by SPRADLING family in Newark. As recently retired in France and M. Kurt PEPPLER ' spouse (also CHS pupil at the time) since 2014, I wished to reconnect with" my roots " ,teachers and friends in Delaware. My Internet researches a few weeks ago shew me that, unfortunately, your Dad my history teacher at that time, had passed, but that your mother was in this world and still teaching computerizing at 98 of age! I was very impressed and sent an email to CHS in order to contact her if possible, but the school told me they didn't keep track of their former teachers. That's how I called NUMC on Sunday April 25th, and was informed by Ms the Reverend, that she had unfortunately leaved peacefully this world, on the previous Friday. I was absolutely sorry not being able to tell her directly how she and Mr Owen had played a determining part in my life with AFS in which they both had been so active, and their memorable teaching. So I have to ask now the Upper to deliver my grateful thanks to both, and ask Him to keep a warm and serene place close to Him. I send you and family all my sympathy for this loss: your mother was such an admirable person and carried with her smile the best love and sharing, that a human being should demonstrate.Thank you Sylvie BELVEZE PEPPLER
May 5, 2021
Mrs. Owen was a wonderful teacher and friend. I am thankful we had a visit a few years back and we talked at length about school and how I have succeeded in business because of her teaching. She was my favorite teacher during my high school years. And I often thought of her and Mr Owen after I graduated. She was a wonderful kind-hearted person and will miss her. She wanted me to call her Grace but I just couldn't out of respect of her being my teacher. God bless you Mrs. Owen and I know that you will be a great teacher in Heaven.
Becky Harper-Mondzelewski
May 2, 2021
Mrs. Owens was a wonderful teacher at CHS. I remember both she and her husband. Just a few years ago I saw her in Cafe Gelato and introduced my daughter to her. She was quite impressive as she was well into her 90's and she recalled me as a student and shared a few memories. Prayers for her family as she will surely be missed. She will always be remembered by all she touched.
Kathy (Phillips) Deitrick
April 29, 2021
Susan and Family, I was so sorry to hear your precious Mother, Grace, has passed away. I remember her, as well as your Dad teaching at Christiana High School. Your Mother and Father will never be forgotten by all of their students they taught over the years. Keeping you and your family in my prayers during this difficult time. God Bless you all.
Susan Harrell Whaley
April 29, 2021
I saw your mother's name and remembered her as a friend of my mothers; Lynn Weber. I have fond thoughts of my mother talking about what a wonderful person Grace was and also a good friend. While I miss my mother very much; I try to celebrate her life and the imprint she left on others. Please know that the imprint of Grace Owens is still with us in this world even though her physical presence is not. Maybe our mothers are quilting and talking together! God bless your family and your mother's memories. Linda Okner
Linda Okner
April 28, 2021