Rosemary (Rosie) Owens
Our dearly beloved mother, Rosemary (Rosie) Owens went home to the Lord Jesus on March 2, 2016. An Irish-German Catholic, Rosemary was a loving, feisty, beautiful, spirited, intelligent and compassionate woman, who lived her faith.
She was born, September 15, 1925, in Deer Lodge to Elsie and James Campbell. She married her sweetheart and the love of her life, Edward B. Owens in 1949. Together, they raised four children in Deer Lodge before moving to Spokane in 1976. Rosemary loved many things: Ed, her children, family gatherings, the outdoors, and shrimp, were at the top of her list. She planned frequent outings in the Montana countryside, where family, friends and neighbors gathered to picnic, berry pick and fish. She loved all weather, often stating ‘a little rain isn’t going to hurt you.’ When the sun was out, you’d see her enjoying the warmth of its rays.
Rosemary also was a talented seamstress, making the majority of her own clothes and those of her two daughters. Late in life she entered a quilt, for the first time, in the 2011 Washington State Quilt show. And, she was a great cook: we love your lemon meringue pie, mom! In their retirement, Rosemary and Ed enjoyed numerous trips across the west to visit relatives, often arriving unannounced. But Rosemary had a fondness for trains and she often talked about catching the train back to Deer Lodge, the pretty little town she loved, where the Meadowlark sing.
Rosemary was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Edward Owens, her parents, Elsie and James, six siblings, Susan, Pearl, Douglas (Jim), Paul, Pauline and Johnny and granddaughter Jamie Lynn Owens.
Rosemary is survived by daughter Susan Heath (Santa Rosa, Calif.), sons Mark (Lisa) Owens (Vancouver, Wash.), Glenn (Sue) Owens (Spokane) and daughter Joan (Carl) Durkoop (Spokane), five grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, two great-grandsons, sister-in-law Catherine Owens (Deer Lodge), and numerous nieces and nephews – all who remembered her faithfully with cards and letters.
The family would like to give a special thank you to all of the angels at Guardian Angel Homes, Liberty Lake, who watched over our dear mother as if she were their own, with tremendous love, compassion and care. We also wish to thank mom’s longtime physician Dr. Keith Morton and nurse Linda, and Hospice of Spokane. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Spokane. A memorial mass will be held at St. Charles Catholic Church in Spokane on Monday, March 14 at 11 a.m. with interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane; a reception to follow. Condolences may be sent to Glenn Owens, PO Box 722, Liberty Lake, WA 99019.
Montana State Prison inmate Andrew Freeman died on Sunday March 6, 2016 at St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula from an extended illness. He was 52 years old.
Mr. Freeman was sentenced out of Silver Bow County on December 13, 2012 for the crime of Driving Under the Influence- Fourth or Subsequent Offense, he received a term of 4 years. His discharge date was 03/31/16, he was eligible for parole on 4/01/13.
Ray Dean Johnston
Montana State Prison inmate Ray Dean Johnston died on Saturday March 5, 2016 from an extended illness. He was 64 years old.
Mr. Johnston was sentenced out of Missoula County on February 3, 1993 for the crime of Sexual Intercourse Without Consent, Burglary, Committed with Dangerous Weapon, and Persistent Felony Offender. He received a term of 40 years. His discharge date was 01/26/2031, he was not eligible for parole.