OBITUARY

Cathy R. Owens

April 1, 1942December 25, 2020
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Catherine Regina Owens died on Christmas morning at AdventHealth Shawnee Mission. Unfortunately, funeral services are not open to the public however they can be viewed via livestream on Thursday December 31, 2020 at 9:00 AM at facebook.com/queenoftheholyrosary or http://www.queenoftheholyrosary.org.

She was born in Philadelphia, PA on April 1, 1942, to Edward and Catherine Butler. She moved with her parents as a young child to Denver, CO and then to Kansas City, MO where she grew up with her two younger sisters and younger brother. She attended St. James grade school and St. Teresa’s Academy, graduating in 1959. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Avila College in 1963.

On June 22, 1963, Cathy married Thomas Owens at St. James Catholic church and started their life together in the hopes of having a large family. She often shared with people that when dating Tom she told him that she wanted a minimum of 10 kids. They made their home in Overland Park, where they were active members of Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, and where they raised 12 children. Cathy stayed home with the children during the early years of the marriage. She was active in school activities and was a room mother for many years. She took immense pride in caring for everyone she met, whether it be providing meals for families in need, donations of food to the church or money to a cause. There wasn’t a birthday for a family member or friend that she didn’t decorate a beautiful cake for or a holiday that she didn’t provide toys or matching outfits for the grandkids. When the older kids became teenagers, Cathy worked two days per week as an RN at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Kansas City. She retired in 2005, after 25 years of service. She treasured her friendships with her classmates from St. Teresa’s Academy and colleagues from St. Joseph’s through frequent lunches and get togethers.

Cathy was a devout and faithful Catholic, with a strong devotion to the Blessed Mother to lead her to Jesus. She loved the gathering of her family on Christmas Eve and Day so much that it makes her passing on Christmas morning bittersweet to her family and friends.

Cathy was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Tommy, on November 29, 2020. She was also preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Ann Verhulst and Theresa Imming, brother Ed Butler (all to whom she was known as Jean) and three grandchildren, Nicole, Heather and Jackson.

She leaves to mourn her passing her 12 children Tom Owens, Jr., Mike (Jennifer) Owens, Lisa (Myles) Gartland, Pam (David) MacCallum, Patrick (Jennifer) Owens, Brian (Renee) Owens, Megan (Rodney) Ratzlaff, Barry (Chris) Owens, Tim (Danielle) Owens, Laura (Scott) Kloiber, Bob (Jennifer) Owens, Terry (Natalie) Owens and her beloved Bernese Mountain Dog, Séamus. She is also survived by her 27 grandchildren who she adored: Shawn, Stephen, Jacob, Josie, Andrew, Ben, Natalie, Abbie, Trey, Marty, Max, Elliot, Lindsey, Joey, Christopher, Aubrey, Alexa, Liam, Maggie, Scotty, Chloe, Caylee, Courtney, Olivia, Riley, Alex and Ana, and her great-grandson, Milo. She also leaves brothers-in-law, Gary Imming, Allan Verhulst, Bill (Donna) Owens and James (Linda) Owens, sister-in-law, Patty Butler and a host of nieces and nephews.

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Geribeth Auslander

January 1, 2021


Forty years of Cathy's dear friendship is a blessing for which I am so thankful. I remember complimenting her on the beautifully decorated cakes that she brought for birthdays of all her co-workers at St. Joseph's. Her reply was "I enjoy doing it in my spare time". How does one have spare time while raising twelve children? Only Cathy could manage that. She always put others first, doing everything possible to bring joy to her family and friends and being there for them through good times and tough times. She will be sadly missed, but always remembered and held in the hearts of all who knew her. I pray her lovely family can find comfort in knowing she and Tom are together and will live on in heaven's peace. They are very special angels.
My sympathy and God bless.

Don Webb

December 31, 2020

My prayers are with the Owens family. Cathy and Tom certainly raised a wonderful family. God bless you all.

Patricia Butler

December 31, 2020

I was lucky to know your Mom as Jean. She saw the beauty in all people. We saw her beauty in all she did from making cakes for our birthdays, providing funeral dinners, hosting wedding and baby showers. Her gentle touch will surround us forever.

Patty

Janice Sackman

December 30, 2020

You were one of Christ's disciples - always sharing and caring.
May your family have peace and comfort

Gloria Barrera

December 30, 2020

I knew Cathy for many years from Church. We were Eucharistic ministers together. Just recently we visited her and Tom before the virus. Met the dog and had many phone
conversations and Tom enjoyed the get well cards we sent. Cathy and I talked after
Tom passed and she wanted to meet at Church and make a visit together. We saw
them at 4 Mass on Saturdays. She called me when Tom passed and asked if I could
come to the funeral and I did. I am so very sorry that I cannot attend hers. It is a
great loss. Her faith was an inspiration.

Betty Booker

December 30, 2020

Cathy was a blessing to all who knew her. All God's Blessings upon her family who have lost so much.

Pamela MacCallum

December 28, 2020

Pamela MacCallum

December 28, 2020

Putting Marty to bed

Pamela MacCallum

December 28, 2020

Marty & Max enjoying their Grandma

Pamela MacCallum

December 28, 2020

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December 11 with her love, Seamus

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Caring for Dad in the hospital

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With Baby Seamus

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