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Sara Cantrell Owen

Sara Elizabeth “Betty” Cantrell Owen, 83, of Wakefield, VA died   June 29, 2020 at Riverside Center in Smithfield, VA.

Born at Duke Hospital in Durham, NC on October 20, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Wilburn and Margaret Cantrell of Boydton, VA.   Betty attended Longwood College and was a member of Wakefield Baptist Church for over 50 years where she taught the Women’s Sunday School for most of that time.  She also taught first and fourth grades at Wakefield Elementary School and Tidewater Academy, and served on the Walter Cecil Rawls Library Board of Directors in Courtland, VA for many years. 

Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her beloved husband of 60 years, Robbie F. Owen; and a sister, Patricia Cantrell Taylor.

Betty was an avid reader, inspired teacher and artist, wonderful homemaker, dangerous Slapjack player with her grandchildren, inquisitive world traveler, and great conversationalist.   She was a loving and devoted wife, and cherished mother, mother-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend who will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Loving survivors include sons David T. Owen (Lisa) and Stephen F. Owen (Shelby); grandchildren Ashley Brock (Graham) and Erin Seward (Brandon), Graham Owen (Nathalie), Emily Owen (Steven), and Samuel Owen; great-grandchildren Owen and Brycen Brock, Camden and Grayson Seward, Timothy Addington, and Elliot and Luke Owen; brother William T. Cantrell of Midlothian and sister Mary Alice Cafazza of Amelia; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

The family will have a private service at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Wakefield Baptist Church, P.O. Box 567, Wakefield, VA 23888.  R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, Wakefield Chapel is assisting the family.  Condolences may be registered at RWBakerFH.com

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Lisa and family, So sorry to hear about your mother in law. My prayers go out to you and your family at this difficult time.

Kim Bryant May 13 2021 12:00 AM

David and family sorry for your loss prayers for you and your family

Susan Cook Smith May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Thinking of you.

Jim Kerr May 13 2021 12:00 AM

David and Stephen and families, I grew up with y'all and in the Wakefield Baptist Church. I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing . I remember her well even though it has been many years since I have seen her. It is so sad to see another of our "Wakefield family" leave us. I know you have many wonderful memories with her. Prayers and sympathy to you at this sad time.

Elizabeth Daughtrey May 13 2021 12:00 AM

I was so shocked to see this, David your mom has always held a special place in my heart. My prayers go out to you, Lisa, Steve and your families. She was/is a special woman.

Lisa Epps Merkh May 13 2021 12:00 AM

She was a wonderful lady. Smiling at the fun memories of her! Thinking of you all and sorry for your loss.

Sandy and George Coleman May 13 2021 12:00 AM

I remember Betty as always full of sunshine. May she rest in peace. Beth Monahan

Beth Monahan May 13 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. She was very sweet remember her at the old veterans club when it was school and my mom and her getting together. Prayers for you and your family.

Andrew Eggleston May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Steve, David and families, I am saddened to learn of your loss. Although this is surely a difficult time for all of you, Betty is finally resting peacefully. My prayers are with you. Jacquelyn Hager

Jacquelyn Hager May 13 2021 12:00 AM

David, Steve and families, We are so sorry for the loss of your mom. She was admired and loved by everyone whose lives she touched. you are in our thoughts and prayers. Jay and Chris

Jay and Chris Epperson May 13 2021 12:00 AM

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