Joanna Margaret Owens, 86, of Noblesville, Ind., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 after a long bout with the effects of Dementia.
She was born April 6, 1934 at St. Francis Hospital in Beech Grove, Ind. and was the daughter of Herbert Warren “Doc” Hicks and Esther Mae (Little) Hicks.
Mrs. Owens graduated from Thomas Carr Howe High School in 1954 and was married to James Richard Owens on April 23, 1955. She then earned an Associate Degree from Indiana University and worked as a Laboratory Technician for various Hospitals, cardiologists, internal medicine and general practitioner physicians in Indianapolis, Minneapolis and Northern Indiana until 1977. Mrs. Owens relocated to Noblesville in 1978 and worked for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Hamilton County Soil and Conservation District until retiring in 2000.
Mrs. Owens was a long time member of the First Presbyterian Church of Noblesville. She was also a member of the Hamilton County Republican Women’s Club, serving as a Precinct Committee Person for many years. She held membership in the Noblesville Preservation Alliance and volunteered many hours at Riverview Hospital and Connor Prairie, especially after retirement.
She will be remembered for her independent spirit, love of life and dedication to her family.
Survivors include two of her three children, Jon R. Owens (Mary) of Indianapolis and Kathy Jo Owens Forbush (Andrew) of Noblesville; five grandchildren, Sara Ivy Owens, Margaret Tierney Owens, Mary Katherine Owens and Joshua Mbithi (Bruce) Owens, all of Indianapolis and Ashlynne Forbush of Noblesville; as well as many cousins in Iowa.
She was preceded in death by her parents; step-brother, Walter James Hicks of Vancouver, Wash.; husband, James R. Owens; and son, David Paul Owens.
A brief service is scheduled for Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 10:30 a.m., with an open house to follow in the Fellowship Hall, at First Presbyterian Church of Noblesville, 1207 Connor Street, Noblesville. Randall and Roberts Funeral Homes is assisting with arrangements.
Memorial Contributions can be made in her name to the Humane Society for Hamilton County, 10501 Hague Road, Fishers, IN 46038; or the Greater Indianapolis Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, 50 East 91st Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46240.
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