Murphy Funeral Homes

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Dorothy Andrews Owens

October 23, 1921December 16, 2017

On Saturday, December 16, 2017 after a brief illness. Survived by her husband of 74 years, William W. Owens, III of Arlington, Virginia; sons, William W. Owens, IV (Carol) and Stuart N. Owens (Diane); grandchildren, Nancy M. Barry (John), Kristen O. Morgan (Melvin) and Andrew R. Owens; great-grandchildren, Haley B. Yunker (Eric), Carson J. Barry and Kennedy N. Morgan.

Dorothy was born on October 23, 1921 in Forney, Texas. Her childhood and youth were spent in and around White Plains, New York. Following graduation from Cornell University, where she met her husband-to-be, she moved to Arlington, Virginia in 1942, and was married at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in 1943. Following the birth of her children and through the 1950's, Dorothy worked as a full-time mother and was active in community activities. After going back to college and receiving her master's degree, Dorothy enjoyed a career in academia, first as an associate professor of literature, then as an academic advisor, at American University in Washington, DC. In her leisure time, Dorothy enjoyed acting, and performed in many theater productions of the Neighbors' Club in Arlington. She and her husband enjoyed learning about world cultures and traveled extensively around the globe. Of all of her interests and activities, Dorothy most enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. A celebration of Dorothy's life will be held at 2 p.m. on December 21, at the Murphy Funeral Home in Arlington. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to charities of the donors' choice


  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, December 21, 2017


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Chuck Jackson

December 21, 2017

To the Owens and Barry family,

We wish to express our sympathies and are so sorry that we cannot be there to celebrate the incredible life of Dottie. We love you all and plan to see you soon. We will also make a donation in Dottie's name.
Peace and Love to all.
Chuck and Madeleine Jackson

Joyce Shields

December 20, 2017

As a member of Metropolitan Memorial Methodist Church I visited with Dottie and Bill on a regular basis over the last several years. These visits enriched my life. Dottie was a brilliant lady and I loved talking with her about her travels and life and most importantly about her family. She and Bill were so much in love and loved to talk about all of their experiences together. Please accept my deepest sympathy. You are in my thoughts and prayers.