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OWEN, JANET

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OWEN WINSTON-SALEM Janet Leigh Owen Aug.19, 1968 - July 17, 2013 Janet Leigh Owen completed her journey here on earth on July 17, 2013 surrounded by her loving family at home in Winston-Salem. Janet was born in South Boston, VA on August 19, 1968 to Walter E. Owen, Jr. and June Martin Owen. She moved to Gaylord, MI with her parents in 1970 and went through the Gaylord School System. She graduated from Gaylord High School and Hope College in Holland, MI before returning to her southern roots. Janet has made her home in Winston Salem, NC for the past 14 years. Janet is a long-time member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Winston-Salem. Janet served as president of the Board of Trustees from 2009-2011, and as the chair of the Social Action Council from 2011 to 2013. She is a co-founder of Soul Talk at the Fellowship. During her years at the Fellowship she was a member of many other committes and groups including the Library Committee, the Building Use Task Force, Music Committee, chair of Interweave, group leader for Small Group Ministry, and many other groups. Janet always said, though, that her favorite way to serve the Fellowship was Service Leader on Sunday mornings. She said she absolutely loved standing up in front of the congregation and seeing everyone's smiling faces. Janet was quite actively involved in several community groups. She had worked with CHANGE for many years, and she was serving as a member of CHANGE's Strategy Team until her death. She was a co-founder of Interfaith Voice, and served as its co-chair until her death. Janet is survived by her wife and partner of 15 years Seretha Masdon, her parents Walter and June Owen of Gaylord MI, a sister Susan Owen Rosso and brother-in-law Keith Rosso of Macomb Township MI, sister- and brother-in-law Connie Masdon Riser and Patrick Riser of Macon, GA, brother-in-law Joe Masdon of Burlington, NC, and 5 nieces and nephews Stephanie Lovalvo Lovy of Stuttgard Germany, Paige Riser of Macon GA, Piper Riser of Macon GA, Jonathan Masdon of Burlington, NC and Robert Masdon of Burlington NC. A celebration of her life and legacy will be held Saturday July 27 at 10:00 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4055 Robinhood Road, Winston Salem, NC. with Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz officiating. Scattering of Janet's ashes will follow the service and a reception will immediately follow. Visitation with the family will be during the reception. Flowers are welcome but those wishing to make a donation in her memory please consider any of these organizations that are dear to Janet's heart. Athena's Run 1010 Bethesda Court Winston Salem, NC 27103 If people would like to make a donation to Athena's Run, they can do so by making checks out to "The GYN Cancer Fund/FMC Foundation" CHANGE 639 South Green St. Winston-Salem, NC 27101 The Adam Foundation PO BOX 21113 Winston-Salem, NC 27120-1113

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