Edna V. Owen

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Edna Viola Hughes Owen died peacefully at Walnut Villa Hospice in Whittier, California, on Nov. 26, 2018. The daughter of Harry C. Hughes and Abbie Gordon Hughes, she was born on a farm near Ceresco, Nebraska on Feb. 16, 1914.

Edna was a graduate of Ceresco High School and the University of Nebraska, where she met her husband, Herbert E. Owen. They were married on June 29, 1941.

In 1952 the Owen family moved to Mankato, Minnesota, where Herbert joined the music department of what is now Minnesota State University/Mankato (MSU). The Owens were active members of the First Presbyterian Church. Edna taught in Garden City and Mankato elementary schools and was an accomplished photographer and lifelong traveler throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

After Herberts death in 1977, Edna retired from teaching and relocated to southern California in 1981. On February 16, 2014, Ednas family and friends participated in joyful celebrations of her 100th birthday.

Besides her parents and husband, Edna was predeceased by three sisters, two brothers, and grandson Michael Gray. She is survived by her sister Donna Middleton; daughter Barbara J. Schwartz and son-in-law John W. Schwartz; son Marlin E. Owen and daughter-in-law Jerri Lee Owen; daughter Marilyn Lane and son-in-law Gary Lane; grandchildren John M. Schwartz, Eleanor Sue Schwartz and husband David Streib; Louise Owen, Peter Owen; Christina Winter Slegers and husband Nathan Slegers; Chelsi Lane, Zachary Lane; four great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Fullerton, California, on February 12, 2019. Committal will take place in Glenwood Cemetery, Mankato, at the convenience of the family.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Herbert E Owen Endowment Fund (#055201), Minnesota State University/Mankato, 126 Alumni and Foundation Center, Mankato, Minnesota 56001 or the Edna Owen Chamber Music Scholarship Fund, Biola University (attention Development Services), 13800 Biola Avenue, La Mirada, California 90639.
Published on January 9, 2019
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