Obituary - Sarah Elizabeth (Flannagan) Owens


Sarah Owens ABINGDON, Va.

Sarah Elizabeth Flannagan Owens, 93, of the Wyndale community, went to be with her Lord on June 29, 2009.

She was a loving and caring maternal figure who, in turn, was loved and respected by her family and many friends who now celebrate her long life.

She was born the sixth of 12 children to Ella Snyder Flannagan and W.A. "Red" Flannagan of Wyndale.
She was a lifelong active member of the Wyndale United Methodist Church where she participated in the Women's Society, having served as president. She was employed as a teacher's aide for several years at Wallace Elementary and later at Greendale Elementary, where she retired.

Mrs. Owens enjoyed writing about past times, especially the history of Wyndale. Her articles are published in the publication "Miner's Lamps and Cold Mountain Winters."

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence D. Owens, who passed away in 1960.
Mrs. Owens is survived by three daughters and a son, Patsy McCroskey and husband Fred of Abingdon, Joyce Mason of Bristol, Mary Ellen Bass and husband Gary of Elm City, N.C., and Ron Owens and wife Kathy of Chattanooga, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren, with one on the way; one great-great-grandchild, with one on the way; many nieces and nephews; and a host of special friends and neighbors. She has been a great inspiration to all of her extended family and was affectionately known as "Bill' and "Mamaw O." Her one surviving sibling is Audrey Lloyd of Abingdon, with whom she remained very close until her death.

Funeral services for Mrs. Owens will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 2, 2009, at Wyndale United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Amy Bartee, Pastor Kenneth Widner and Pastor David Rader officiating. Interment will follow in Knollkreg Memorial Park in Abingdon. The family will receive friends at Farris Funeral Service in Abingdon from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Wayne McCroskey, David McCroskey, Shane Bass, Michael Mason, Steve Mason and Brody Owens. Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Fleenor, Mark Landreth, Paul Evans and Rusty Street.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wyndale UMC, Sarah Elizabeth Owens Fund, c/o William Fleenor, 17201 Wyndale Road, Abingdon, VA 24210. Those wishing to express sympathy online may do so by visiting
Farris Funeral Service, 427 E. Main St., Abingdon, VA 24210, (276) 623-2700, is serving the family of Sarah Elizabeth Owens.