Neila Beth Owen
February 19, 1936 – February 12, 2020
Neila Beth (Grant-Clapham) Owen, 83, passed away peacefully on Wednesday evening, Feb. 12, 2020, surrounded by her family. Neila was born in Dover, Kent, in the UK, on Feb. 19, 1936 to Cyril H. Grant-Clapham and Joan (O’Neill) Grant-Clapham. Neila’s younger years were heavily influenced by WWII, talking frequently of the bombs, playing in bombed out houses with her brother Allan Clapham (deceased) and watching aerial battles over the White Cliffs of Dover. Her father Cyril was in the Royal Marines on the H.M.S. Dunedin, and was presumed dead when it was torpedoed by a German submarine in Nov. 1941. The family relocated to the West Midlands, UK in 1942 where her Mum remarried. Siblings include Malcolm Waddington, David Waddington (deceased), Keith Waddington, Jessie Cooper, Diane Waddington, Carol Waddington and Paul Waddington. Neila trained to be a nurse in The Royal Hospital in Wolverhampton, UK and served in Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service. She was stationed in Lossiemouth, Scotland and then in Malta where she met her future husband, Peter J. Saladino Jr. She moved to the US and they lived in Vt, MA and lastly NH. Neila married her 2nd husband, Robert L. Owen in 1966. They lived in several states until they eventually settled into their forever home paradise on Saint Simons Island, Ga. Her passion was her yard and garden and she would much rather be outside than do anything inside. Every plant had a purpose and was placed accordingly. Orchids were a favorite, so much so that there is a hybrid named for her because of her passion and accomplishments with them. Neila had also enjoyed spending time with horses, attending horse shows and had made many friends at Sea Island Stables over the years. “Grandkids Spoiled Here” is the sign at her back door. Nina, as she is called by her Grandchildren and their friends, was at her happiest moments when they were around and enjoyed keeping track of them on fb when they weren’t. Her grands, Peter IV, Amanda, Alexandra, Andrew, Jenna, Kayla, Slade, Ryleigh, Jada and Bubby were a major part of her life. She also had many step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren. Neila was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L Owen, and step-sons “Herm” (Robert L. Owen, Jr.) and “Fiddie” (Clifford Owen) and son-in-law Karl Sanders. She is survived by daughter Juanita Sanders, son Peter Saladino III, son Anthony Saladino and daughter Beth Owen-Bayman as well as step-children Pamela Johnson, Lyman “Schotz” Owen, Alaric Owen and Melissa Curtin. Ian Clapham (Wales) her nephew, neighbors Pat and Sandy, and dogs Brandy and Pepsi were also very special parts of her life. A graveside service to honor Mrs. Owen will be held at 1pm, Monday, Feb 17, 2020 at Oglethorpe Memorial Gardens, St. Simons Island, Ga. Reception to follow at her home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Saint Simons Christian School, Magnolia Manor or Georgia Ornithological Society. Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements. www.edomillerandsons.com
- Graveside Inurnment Monday, February 17, 2020
Neila Beth Owen
February 16, 2020
Juanita and Family,
Thank you for sharing your Mom's journey with us - Her obituary was a thoughtful representation of her life and the purposes to which she fulfilled in the lives of others. I could envision her garden through your words, as well as her love for her grandchildren. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May our Lord and Savior give you peace during this time of loss and sorrow.
Heartfelt hugs to you, my friend...
February 15, 2020
What wonderful memories I have of Neila at Sea Island Stables. She was always there with the rest of the "horse moms" as she supported Beth. She will surely be missed. Rest in Heaven Neila.