Janet G. Owens, 77 years old and formerly of Sheridan, passed away at her home in Plainfield, Ind. on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020.
Born Dec. 14, 1942 in Dunbar, Va., she was the daughter of the late James Earl and Ruby Pauline (Ward) Sage.
She was a 1960 graduate of Pennington Gap High School.
On May 30, 1963. she married the love of her life, Manuel Lee Owens. Mr. Owens passed away on Jan. 6, 2017.
Mrs. Owens had a talent for working with her hands. Not only was she a talented woodworker, but she was also a wonderful seamstress, able to sew just about anything you put in front of her. Patterns were optional, and rarely ever needed. She put those skills to good use during her time at Aero Drapery, and later working as a seamstress for Queen Anne Drapery. In between those two jobs, she worked alongside her husband at Biddle Screw Products in Sheridan. This was treated as a test run to see how they would fare working together. Since both parties came away unscathed, they decided to try their hand working side by side once again, this time in a totally different setting: flipping houses. Mr. and Mrs. Owens began house flipping long before it was the “hot thing” to do in real estate. They enjoyed not only doing the work themselves, but the time it allowed them to spend together.
Family was her everything. Whether it was taking a family camping trip, going fishing, or feeding the entire crew with her amazing Sunday dinners, family was always first and foremost in her mind. However, her loyalty and devotion always seemed to take a back seat when it came to family game night. There would be no mercy shown and no prizes for second place. Whether it was her weekly Boggle and Upwards games with her daughters and sister, heading out with her sister on Fridays to play Bingo, hitting the casino with Mr. Owens to try and beat the house, or defending her title as the Owens family Scrabble Champion, she loved playing games, and loved to win. She helped keep her mind sharp and maintain her competitive edge by doing jigsaw puzzles. She also played in a league at Stardust Bowl for many years. Mrs. Owens also enjoyed going to bazaars and craft fairs.
At the end of the day, family always came first. She was a wonderful wife and mother, but grandma was the role she loved most.
Survivors include her sons, Fred (Terri) Owens of Indianapolis, and Jeff (Beth) Owens of Sheridan; daughters, Mary (Tim) Pratt of Ingalls, Jany (Rob) Runion of Brownsburg, Jodie (Rodney) Brown of Plainfield, and Jennifer (Patrick) Clouse of Myrtle Beach, SC; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; brothers, Jay Sage of Tulsa, Okla., and Tim Sage of Stickleyville, Va.; sister, Trina (Chris) Smith of Camby, Ind.; and brother-in-law, Gene Bowen of Stickleyville, Va.
Other than her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Sharon Bowen; and sister-in-law, Lawana Sage.
Family and friends may pay their respects from noon until 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8 at Kercheval Funeral Home, 306 E. 10th St. in Sheridan. A private family service will follow.
Burial will take place at Spencer Cemetery in Sheridan. David Rosenthall will be officiating.
Strict COVID precautions will be observed, including the wearing of masks.