OBITUARY

Joan Carol Owen

June 25, 1934June 27, 2013
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Joan Carol Owen, loving and beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, passed away following a lengthy illness on June 27, 2013 at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 3rd at 3:00, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston Street. A private internment will precede the memorial service at Ivy Lawn Cemetery. Joan was born June 25, 1934 in Kansas City, Missouri. Her family moved to California when she was five, first living in an apartment overlooking the outdoor filming lot at MGM Studios, and soon thereafter settling in La Jolla. Joan met her dear husband Perry in 1951, and they married the following year. Joan and Perry loved walking through Balboa Park and along the beaches of La Jolla, talking about art and science, and dancing to the likes of Woody Herman and Stan Kenton. After marrying, Joan and Perry moved to Berkeley, Santa Barbara, Atascadero, and finally, following the birth of their daughter Jenny, they reached Ventura in 1956. Joan initially worked in the Ventura County Elections Office and then as an escrow officer. In 1970 Joan left the business world to fulfill her dream of opening a home daycare center where she loved and was loved by scores of children for the following ten years. In 1975 Joan founded the Ventura County Daycare Association in order to offer networking and training opportunities for home daycare providers throughout the Ventura County area. Following her successful career in daycare, Joan moved to the field of real estate where for over 30 years she was recognized and awarded for her honesty, impeccable attention to detail, exceptional customer service, and her resulting high level of sales. Adversity early in Joan’s life firmly planted in her a strong sense of right and wrong, a commitment to morals and integrity, and selfless generosity. She was an active champion of women’s and children’s rights, progressive politics, endangered species and environmental protection. A proud moment in her life was when she intentionally drank from the other drinking fountain in Texas in the early 1950s, twice! Joan was preceded in death by her mother Clara Frances Sanders, her two aunts Edith and Ethyl, and her Uncle Bud. She is survived by her husband Perry Owen, daughter Jenny Owen, step-sister Pamela Makino, step-brother Walt Sanders, and grandchildren Aaron and Amanda Wasil. The family would like to warmly thank Joan’s doctors, nurses, home health aides and other health care providers for their skillful, loving and compassionate care. Their patience, dedication and professionalism made all the difference in the world, and we will be forever grateful. When family and friends have passed away, Joan always had a redwood tree planted in their honor. So in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Save the Redwoods League, at http://www.savetheredwoods.org/ or (888) 836-0005

Services

  • Graveside Service Wednesday, July 3, 2013
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, July 3, 2013
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Joan Carol Owen

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DANIEL, MARY CONNICK

July 6, 2013

Dear Owen family, my husband, Dan, and I are so sorry to learn of Joanie's passing. Please accept our prayers and condolences. We had the honor of meeting Joanie 38 years ago when our daughter, Danielle, was a toddler and became one of "Joanie's kids." We were blessed to have found such a loving, gracious and positive person in Joanie to care for our precious daughter. We are forever grateful for having known her and her two Siamese cats. In loving memory,

Maria Tello

July 3, 2013

I have such fond memories of Joanie, she was such a good friend to my mother and family, especially during the early days of the Ventura County Daycare Association. She also helped my family in Real Estate. More than anything, she was a wonderful and kind friend. Bless you Joanie and your family.

July 3, 2013

JODY, as I knew Joan, was a wonderful friend and confidant. I can't believe she will no longer call me and want a cup of coffee, or bring me desert....she was one of the really good people, and the world is lessened by her absense. Love to Jenny and Perry. Cath

Norine Martin

July 2, 2013

As an Escrow Officer, I always looked forward to working with Joan whenever she brought in a new real estate purchase or sale for me to process. She was very knowledgeable in escrow and real estate, and always followed up on everything needed to complete the transaction. She made my job much easier, and she was a delight to know, both professionally and personally.
Norine Martin

FROM THE FAMILY

Joan, age 3 months

FROM THE FAMILY

Age 5 months, eith her mother Frances (center) aunts Edith & Ethyl

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About 16 months. Joanie has always loved flowers!

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On the beach in LaJolla at age 17. This is the picture Perry has carried in his wallet for 60 years.

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Age 17. Joan's senior picture, LaJolla High School

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Age 19