Mary Dix Owen, 87, of Fayetteville, met her Creator, surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, September 5, 2021.
She was born in Gray’s Creek, N.C. on June 23, 1934, to the late John and Lizzie Dix. She was also preceded in death by her sister Bobbie Eastwood; brother Edward Dix; in-laws Ernest and Catherine Owen; her brother-in-law Don Cain; and son-in-law Bill Bryant.
She graduated from Gray’s Creek High School in 1952 and went on to graduate from Highsmith-Rainey School of Nursing in 1955. Shortly after, she married the true love of her life, Stanley Owen, who has loved her deeply, fully and selflessly for 65 years. She was blessed with two children – Konie Bryant Clark (Ken) of Dothan, Al, and Tim Owen (Shay) of Fayetteville, N.C.; four beautiful grandchildren – Justin Bryant (Lindsay) of Birmingham, Al, Jessica Sciacca (Ryan) of Birmingham, Al, Jarod Bryant (Elena) of Okinawa, Japan, Jenna Bryant of Agoura Hills, CA; seven precious great-grandchildren; and many “bonus” grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well. She is also survived by her sisters, Peggy Sczepanski (Ski) of Cameron, NC, and Betty Zenecky of Yonkers, NY.
Mary was the epitome of a Proverbs 31 woman, living all her life with the light of Jesus shining from her heart. Whether teaching little ones in Sunday School at Village Baptist Church where they were charter members, talking to her customers at the shop they owned – Owen Garden Center, or welcoming in a stranger in need, she did it in the only way she knew – with kindness and love.
Mary’s grandchildren remember her kneeling at the side of their beds as little children and speaking scripture into their young hearts. “Come into my heart, Lord Jesus,” she used to sing in their little ears. And even in recent years when Alzheimer’s had already taken her mind, she spoke to her great-grandchildren about Jesus.
A visitation will take place at Village Baptist Church on Tuesday, September 7, from, 5pm to 6pm, followed by a memorial service to celebrate her life. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Baptist Children’s Home of North Carolina, P.O. Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27361 or Village Baptist Church, 906 S. McPherson Church Rd, Fayetteville, NC 28303.
We would like to thank Medi Home Hospice Lumberton, NC. and Carolyn Shook for the most special love and care given Mary the last couple of years. Konie, Tim and our whole family want to thank our dad for his whole-hearted love, dedication, and total care of our mom throughout her entire 17 years of Alzheimer’s. Their marriage stayed abundantly faithful and true to their wedding vow through her last precious breath.
Online condolences maybe expressed at www.sullivanshighland.com.
Services are entrusted to Sullivan’s Highland Funeral Service & Crematory.