Amy Kathleen Owens

May 21, 1966April 13, 2018
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OWENS, Amy Kathleen Blackburn, peacefully passed away on Friday, April 13th, 2018, her dear husband at her bedside, after a spirited battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her father, Allen Blackburn. Left to honor Amy and remember her love are her husband; Robert “Rusty” Owens, her son; Cole Tyler Agner, and her mother; Janice Baldwin Blackburn. She is also survived by two brothers, Anthony (Sarah) Blackburn and Greg (Leah) Blackburn. Amy had a beautiful soul and spirit that touched so many people during her life’s journey: She graduated with honors from Douglas Freeman High School in 1984, where she was a member of the rifle guard and participated in numerous school and social activities. Amy graduated from Virginia Tech in 1987 with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science and Marketing. During her college years, Amy was a Little Sister to Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. After graduating, she was employed for AECOM and it’s predecessor companies for 25 years, ultimately achieving the title of Associate Vice President. She was a loving, caring, thoughtful individual who always had a smile to share with others. Amy was a highly adventurous person and an avid snow skier. She particularly enjoyed outdoor activities, including camping, boating, and social events, especially winery tours, but Amy’s true passion and love was her family. She was a devoted wife and mother who gave her heart and shared her love each and every day. She was happiest when she was with her family and close friends. Amy had a beautiful way of looking at the world and making people feel loved. Her life truly made a difference in every life she touched, and she will be remembered, and missed, by many, for a long time to come. Visitation for family and friends will be from 4:00p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Friday, April 20, at Nelsen Funeral Home, 4650 S. Laburnum Avenue, Richmond Virginia, 23231, with a service held at the funeral home on Saturday, April 21st, at 12:00p.m, interment to follow at Washington Memorial Park, 6217 Memorial Drive, Sandston Virginia, 23150. A celebration of Amy’s life will be held after the interment on Saturday, April 21, at the Quinton Community Center, located at 3041 New Camp Highway, Quinton Virginia, 23141. In Memory of Amy, donations may be made to: New Kent Humane Society, Inc. P.O. Box 104 Providence Forge, VA 23140


  • She was preceded in death by her father, Allen Blackburn. Left to honor Amy and remember her love are her husband; Robert “Rusty” Owens, her son; Cole Tyler Agner, and her mother; Janice Baldwin Blackburn. She is also survived by two brothers, Anthony (Sarah) Blackburn and Greg (Leah) Blackburn.


20 April


4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Nelsen Funeral Home

Richmond, Virginia

21 April

Celebration of Life

12:00 p.m.

Nelsen Funeral Home - Chapel

Richmond, Virginia

21 April


1:00 p.m.

Washington Memorial Park

Sandston, Virginia


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Sedrick Smith

April 20, 2018

I have known and worked with Amy for a number of years, both at the same legacy company and while at AECOM and one thing I truly recall of Amy was her love to smile, which was her gift to us all. My deepest sympathy and blessings to Amy's family. May the many memories bring some comfort to each.

Eileen Knox

April 19, 2018

I had the pleasure of working with sweet Amy on several projects and we shared a fun evening in DC doing the monument tour at night. We talked and laughed and maybe drank a little wine, all the while gushing over our common thread...our ‘only’ sons! Cole, you don’t know me, but your mom sent me your resume during this trip - you knocked your interview with my sister out of the park! Both Pam and I are sending our sincerest condolences to you and your family. Your mom was one of my absolute favorite people and we will miss her very much. May your memories of her be your comfort, with love. The attached photo, while not the greatest lighting, is our ‘selfie’ with Abe...

Susan Lane

April 18, 2018

Amy always made me laugh and smile. She was a pleasure to work with but I will remember her friendship more than anything. Last time I was in Richmond, she surprised me at the airport to pick me up. We went to dinner with Rusty and and Sandy.

Her son, Cole, had moved to Chicago in 2016 and found an apartment in the city. I was talking about the apartment my daughter had just leased in Chicago. When we compared notes, it turned out that they were living in the same building.

She would tell me so many funny stories - one of my favorites is that she was "crab fishing" using a turkey neck as bate. I laughed until I cried....

Here is a photo of Amy from the last time I was in Richmond.

Love you Amy. Will miss you so much!

Michele Hagen

April 18, 2018

I met Amy when her legacy company joined AECOM. We instantly hit it off -- I loved her free spirit! We worked so well together solving the world’s problems – well maybe not all of them but those that were important to us on that day.

In 2011, in between my husband being diagnosed with cancer and starting his treatments, Amy and I were scheduled to go to IFMA’s World Workplace conference in Phoenix. Needless to say the last thing that was on my mind was going to the conference. With Amy’s urging, I went and was so happy I did. Even though I’m sure I set the record for mentioning the word cancer, she was comforting, listened and supported me through that crazy time. And above all, she made me laugh – best medicine ever! Spending time with her gave me the energy and positive attitude that I needed to support my husband. I know I couldn’t have gotten through the next 6 months without her.

Our friendship continued through the years. She taught me so much, in particular, that your car has to have a name – everyone knows that right???

I am so grateful to have had her in my life and will never forget her smile. I love her and miss her terribly. One thing I know though is that Amy wouldn’t want us sitting around crying – it’s time to celebrate her life!

So cheers to you Amy - thank you for being a good friend!

Chris Sample

April 18, 2018

I had the pleasure of working with Amy on multiple office relocation projects. She was one of those rare people that was extremely proficient while also super kind and funny. We shared lots of laughs! My sincere condolences to her family and friends. Rest In Peace, Amy.

Kristi Barker

April 18, 2018

I had the pleasure of working with Amy on the relocation of the Norfolk office of AECOM. Amy was a joy to work with and we had a wonderful time hanging out in Grand Rapids while visiting a furniture manufacturers factory. The trip had us riding a corporate jet - laughing and having a great time - pretending we were corporate titans for a day! We all spent one evening learning to cook with a personal chef. Amy always had a smile on her face! She was always calm when things were stressful. She had an ease about her. I know she will be greatly missed by her family, friends, and co-workers. Rest easy Amy.

Karin Toon

April 18, 2018

I had the pleasure of working with Amy on a few office moves. She was always smiling and always so helpful. She was a wonderful person. I am so thankful our paths crossed. You will be truly missed.

Loretta Owens

April 18, 2018

I will remember Amy for her quick wit, wonderful laugh and lovely smile all of which she shared with me on several occasions. Condolences to the family!

Donna Brett

April 18, 2018


Debbie Klem

April 18, 2018

With memories of how helpful and supportive you were to me as I took on a new role. You always wanted to go above and beyond to help others and gave so much of yourself, so selfishly. Thanks is too small of a word to describe what you gave to those around you.

Glad you were in my life for a such a short while...