Vonie Jean Owens, 80, of Denton, passed away Friday, March 7, 2014, having battled for the past six years with "Corticobasal Degeneration", which is a very rare, untreatable neurological disease.
Born May 12, 1933, to Effie and Hank Clearman in The Flat, Coryell Co, TX, she moved to Denton at the age of one. She graduated from Denton High School in 1950 and attended NTSC (now UNT) for 2 years. She married Edwin "Ed" Owens on March 1, 1952. She was a "cracker jack" secretary and worked during Ed's Army service and was a secretary for Dr. Frank Gafford, Head of History Department and Dean of College of Arts and Sciences while Ed got his degree.
Vonie retired in 1959 to be mother of Monica and "domestic engineer". She loved to travel, do needle work, cooking, reading, and cross word puzzles. She took the greatest pride in her grandson, Jeffrey Brooks.
Vonie is survived by her husband, Ed; daughter, Monica Brooks and husband Mike, and grandson Jeffrey Brooks and wife Kimberly.
A private family service was conducted at Roselawn Memorial Park with Rev. Buddy Owens and Chaplain Jerard Garner officiating.
A special thanks to Vonie's faithful caregiver and companion Etta Mae Miller. Also thanks to Ann's Haven Hospice staff, Johnnie Turner, Barbara Neale, Wanda Hancox, Sandra Mann and Jerard Garner.
The family has requested memorials be made to U.T. Southwest Neurology Department or Ann's Haven Hospice.