Betty June Owens
Betty June Owens
  • August 8, 1923 - July 1, 2017
  • Corvallis, Oregon

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Betty June (nee Taylor) Owens, 93, a life-long resident of Springfield, passed away Saturday, July 1, 2017, in Corvallis, OR. She was born in Springfield on August 8, 1923, the daughter of Cleave B. and Mabelle C. Taylor. She graduated from Hay-Edwards Elementary and Springfield High School, and attended Brown's Business College and Lincoln Land Community College. She was a civilian employee of the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII. Betty married Robert J. Owens on March 30, 1944; they celebrated their 70th anniversary in March 2014. He died later in 2014, after which Betty moved to a retirement residence in Corvallis, OR.

In earlier years, Betty had worked at Illinois State Board of Higher Education. She was also a volunteer at the Jacksonville State Hospital and the Illinois State Museum. She had been a member of West Side Christian Church. Her interests included reading, cooking, historic china and porcelain, and geneology. Her family was always the focus of her life, and she was greatly loved as a devoted wife, mother, daughter, "Grammie," and "Great-Grammie".

Betty is survived by her three children: Robert J. (Mary Ann) Owens, Jr. of Pittsburgh, PA; Nancy (Leslie) Pliskin of Corvallis, OR, and William (Christine) Owens of Fishers, IN; grandchildren: Monica (Justin) Dugan, Taylor (Alyssa) Owens, Jessica Pliskin, and Benjamin (Whitney) Pliskin; and one great-grandchild, Colin Dugan. The family will greet guests from 9-10 a.m. on Friday, July 14, at Bisch & Son Funeral Home, 505 E. Allen St., Springfield. A graveside service will follow at 10:30 Oak Ridge Cemetery [Block 42C], at which friends are welcome. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: American Macular Degeneration Foundation, or the Assistance League of Corvallis.

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