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Barbara W. Owens

Barbara Wilbur Owens, 83, passed away with peace and grace on January 31, 2015, at Galloway Ridge in Pittsboro, North Carolina, with her family by her side. She was born on May 8, 1931, in Richwood, West Virginia to Roland and Marie (James) Wilbur. Barbara grew up in Richwood, West Virginia; Crossett, Arkansas; Brevard, North Carolina; and Savannah, Georgia. It was in Savannah that she met her husband, Jack G. Owens.

After graduating from Savannah High School in 1949, Barbara attended Sullins College in Bristol, Virginia. Barbara and Jack were married on August 8, 1950, in Lewiston, Idaho. During their marriage, Barbara put her heart and energy in raising their four boys, Barry, Mark, Clay and Glenn. Open to all neighborhood children, her kitchen was never closed, and her enthusiasm for life was never-ending. Jack and Barbara were happily married for 64 years.

Barbara was an active member of the Chester Presbyterian Church in Chester, Virginia, and shared a passion for helping others within her community. She taught elementary school in Irmo, South Carolina and Chester, Virginia. Barbara enjoyed a variety of hobbies throughout her life including bowling, horseback riding, playing bridge, gardening, decorating, cooking, shopping, and most importantly, spending time with friends, family, and her cats.

Barbara and Jack retired in Chester, Virginia in 1991, and enjoyed their free time traveling across the country and world to visit their family.

Barbara was predeceased by her loving son, Clayton N. Owens, in 2008. She is survived by her husband, Jack G. Owens, sons Barry L. (and Debbie) of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Mark W. (and Michelle) of Columbia, South Carolina, Glenn S. (and Crystal) of Sacramento, California, and her daughter-in-law Laurie B. Owens of Alpharetta, Georgia. In addition to her children, Barbara is survived by her 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

The family will hold a private memorial service to honor her dear memory. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the Goathouse Cat Refuge (Cat Rescue Home) at the address listed below. Alternatively, donations can be sent to Georgia Tech or the charity of your choice. Condolences may be left on the Never Gone online guest book at

Goathouse Cat Refuge

680 Alton Alston Road

Pittsboro, NC 27312

Barbara will always be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother, whose greatest passion was helping others. She leaves us rich in memories.