Friday, May 27, 2016

Obituary -- Mary Alice Owens 1931-2016

Mary Alice was born to Frank and Nora Kier on November 6, 1931 in Gentry, Missouri. She graduated high school from Albany High School and then married Ray Owens on November 11, 1951. She and Ray farmed in the Worth and Gentry County area till Rays death in 2002. In 2003 she moved to Albany, Missouri where she has lived since. She passed away Monday, May 23, 2016 at the hospital in Albany after a valiant battle with colon cancer and congestive heart failure.

She is survived by son Gary (Berta) Owens of Grant City, MO; daughter Brenda Owens of Salt Lake City, UT. She also had six grandchildren: Philip Owens, Ryan Owens, Stephanie Hardy, Aaron (Ernie) Owens, Jennifer (Kyle) Peterson, and Nathan Sayed and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray; daughter, Barbara; great-granddaughter,  Jillian; parents, Frank and Nora (Jones) Kier; brother, Elmo Kier and infant sister.

Mary loved to cook and was known to be one of the best in the area. Mary was among the many so called 50s housewives that became a jack of all trades in many important life skills to maintain the farmhouse for her husband and family. She cooked, cleaned, gardened, canned, and sewed. The life of a farm wife was not easy, but she never complained about anything she did. She loved her family and was very proud of them all. She was an avid local sports fan who never missed a child, grandchild or great-grandchild’s ballgame.

She will be remembered as being a very kind, thoughtful person, that would stop at the drop of a hat to help a neighbor or friend, but most important she was known as “The Candy Lady” to all of the kids of the coyote hunting gang.

Funeral Services were held at 10:00 A.M. Friday, May 27, 2016 at the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City, Missouri. Interment was in the New Friendship Cemetery, Gentry, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the New Friendship Cemetery in care of Betty Dills at 5424 280th Street, Albany, MO 64402

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