Maxine V. Owens

November 3, 1933March 29, 2021

Maxine V. Owens, 87, of West Babylon, passed away on March 29, 2021. She was the first African American female teacher of the East Islip School District. She taught third grade until her retirement in 1995. Maxine will always be remembered as a funny sassy woman who never hesitated to help someone in need. She loved working at Trinity Lutheran Church where she was a member since 1977. Maxine took pride in her garden and loved to do puzzles.

Predeceased by her loving husband, Tommie Lee Owens, Sr. Survived by her beloved children Tommy Owens, Jr. and Penelope Owens. Cherished sister to Peggy Woods, Elma Woods, Thelma McCall, Cynthia Woods and Frederick Douglas Pearsall. Also predeceased by her siblings Louise Woods, Emma Woods, James Woods, Mary Lou Woods and Pearlene Marshall. She will also be missed by her grand dog Cosmo.

Visitation will be held Friday, April 9, 2021 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 17 S 20th St, Wyandanch, NY 11798. Funeral Service at 11:30 a.m. Interment to follow at Pinelawn Memorial Park, Farmingdale, NY.

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Daena McBride

April 9, 2021

Dear Penelope,

I only had the pleasure of meeting your mom once, but I remember her warmth and grace. You may have been referred to as her "spoiled youngest" child, but you returned her love, and perhaps indulgence, with love, compassion and care. You are a true testament to her virtues.


Elma Woods

April 4, 2021

My Dearest Sister,

Even though you have gone away, your love will always be here to
stay. You touched our hearts with so many things, God knew you were the one to save. He took you home to get some rest, even though we love you best. Our hearts are filled with so much pain, but God loved you more so there is no shame. At this time we must let go, but your memories we will keep flow. Rest with peace of mind, your memory will live on.

Love your sister, Elma

Lynn DeShields

April 1, 2021

Thank you for leaving a legacy of strength, resilience, purpose and love. I know you are at peace now with both of your moms and other love ones waiting to receive you. You have touched many lives on your journey and will be cherished as you move on to your new journey.
With love,
Your Neice,
Lynn DeShields

LaTonya Woods-Stratton

April 1, 2021

Aunt Maxine, you will truly be missed. I can still hear your voice. I would called just for you to tell me a story about your day and you never failed to give me a laugh. Gone but never forgotten, you will ever be in my heart.