Smith & Williams Funeral Home/Kempsville

4889 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, VA


Anne Russell Owens

November 1, 1947December 29, 2019

Anne Russell Owens, 72, passed away peacefully on December 29, 2019.

Mrs. Owens was preceded in death by her parents Walter and Louise Boswell and a brother Robert Boswell. She was born in Richmond, Virginia and resided in Maryland and the last few years in Virginia Beach. She was a former Advertising Manager for The Capitol Gazette and was a member of Salem United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her loving husband of 30 years Richard L. Owens, 2 children Sharley Wimpy and Matthew Wade and wife Melissa; 4 grandchildren Emily, Julie, Aiden and Bradley, a sister Betty Fulk and husband George; 3 nephews Bill, Bob and Chris McKown; a sister-in-law Linda Boswell.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, January 5, 2:00 p.m. at Salem United Methodist Church in Virginia Beach. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the church.

Friends may offer condolences at www.smithandwilliamskempsville.com


  • Celebration of Life Sunday, January 5, 2020


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Donna Elkiot-Moore

January 4, 2020

I met Rusty through her wonderful husband Richard. We send our love and prayers to you and your family, Richard.
With love,
Donna and Mike Moore

Betsy Burian

January 3, 2020

Rusty and I worked together on various projects and programs in Bowie MD, especially with the Bowie Chamber of Commerce. I considered her a great friend. Her path in life was sometimes difficult, but her faith, family, and friends helped her through. She was especially grateful for Richard and my sympathies go out to him. She also deeply loved her children and grandchildren and wished for nothing more than time she could spend with them. She was also fun!! I will enjoy remembering her with smiles and laughter. I am certain she has been welcomed warmly in heaven.

Soneli Bhadra

January 3, 2020

Rusty was my coworker at ICON Community Services in Alexandria for a few years and my friend for many more years. She was was a strong woman, but also very kind and compassionate. I will miss her warmth, her wit, her sincerity, and her passionate advocacy for human rights. I will always treasure our late night chats. I miss you already, Rusty.


January 2, 2020

Anne and I were childhood friends. We reconnected briefly as adults before she moved back to Virginia. What an exciting childhood we shared -- exploring Williamsburg and life together!

Of course, she remembered it quite differently from the way I do! She said our little friend across the street was Lars; I said it was Sven. I said we got into trouble because we crossed the street to play with him. She said it was because we threw rocks at him!!

My condolences to her family and friends. I know you will miss her. -- Patricia Totty Ellis