June Marian (Smith) Ownes, 81, longtime Hereford resident, was called home by the Lord, Thursday, January 5, 2017, in Hereford.
A Memorial Celebration of Life Service is scheduled for 2:00 pm, Monday, January 9, 2017, at First Baptist Church. Rev. Joe Elam, Interim Pastor, and Mr. John Stagner, family friend, will officiate. Service and Cremation are under the direction of Hereford Heritage Funeral Home, 411 E 6th Street.
June Marian Smith was born on November 6, 1935 to parents, Orville Alfred Smith and Jewel Katherine (Skaggs) Smith. She was the first female baby born in the Wellington, Texas Hospital. At the time, the family was living on a farm near Quail, Texas.
In the fall of 1941, the family moved to Hereford, Texas and resided on the Conkwright Ranch. June attended first grade at Progressive School. Later, the Smith family moved north of Hereford and lived on the Crutchfield farm. She attended school in Hereford until 1948 when her family lived for a time in Eldorado, Arkansas. They returned to Hereford in 1950 where June completed her public school education through graduation in 1954. She graduated from West Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree and later a Master of Education degree.
She was employed by the Hereford Independent School District from August of 1969 through December 1995 first as a teacher at Aikman Elementary and later as the Hereford Junior High Counselor.
June as a longtime active member of the First Baptist Church and former member of the La Madre Mia Club. She served as an officer in the Hereford Retired Teachers Association. For many years, she was a faithful volunteer at the Hereford Food Pantry. After retiring, she enjoyed extensive travel with family and friends. June was an accomplished seamstress and also enjoyed various arts and crafts. Family, friends and many dogs were of primary importance in her life.
On July 13, 1963, June and Eldon Owens were married in the home of her parents. This year they celebrated their fifty-third anniversary. They reared three daughters, Sharon Lynette, Teresa Annette and Katherine Lorene.
June was preceded in death by her parents, Orville and Jewel Smith, and one daughter Katherine Lorene Lucero.
She is survived by her husband, Eldon Owens, two daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Ronald Johnson of Dawn, Texas, Terri and Bruce Underwood of Gotebo, Oklahoma, grandchildren, Kody underwood and wife Bambi of Gotebo, Oklahoma, Tracy Miles and husband Justin of Gotebo, Oklahoma, Cory Johnson and wife Holly of Hereford, Texas, Clarissa Granado and husband Chris of Kansas City, Missouri, Justin Lucero of Independence, Missouri, Alex Lucero and Madison Lucero of Amarillo, Texas and thirteen great grandchildren. Other survivors are one sister, Karan Garrett and husband Dean of Altus, Oklahoma, one brother, Garry Smith and wife, Margaret of Silsbee, Texas, one uncle, Bryan Skaggs of San Diego, California, five special nieces and nephews and ten great nieces and nephews.
Burial will be in Quail Cemetery, Quail, Texas, at a later time.
The family requests memorials to the King’s Manor Methodist Retirement Center, 400 Ranger Drive, Hereford, TX 79045.