Anna Elisabeth Braun Owens, 85, beloved wife of the late Command SGM Winston C. Owens, retired US Army, of Cheraw, SC, passed away in her home Monday, January 30th, 2017 peacefully surrounded by loving friends and family.
Elisabeth “Lib” is survived by a son, Dr. Richard Owens (Susan) of Cheraw, SC, a special niece whom she loved as a daughter, Vicki Ratliff (Bill) of Ruby, SC, her sister, Maria Hitzel of Rödermark, Germany, brother Hans Braun (Elisabeth) of Münster, Germany, and brother Theo Braun (Helga) of Münster, Germany. She was also survived by her grandchildren: Jennifer Stockdill (Jay) of Lakeside, MT, Jessica Shepard (Phillip) of Cheraw, SC, Wilson Owens (Sheena) of Sumter, SC, Anna Owens (John) of Cheraw, SC and Franklin Owens of Cheraw. She also had 4 greatgrandchildren: Owen Stockdill, Kiersten Shepard, Lawson Shepard, and Carter Shepard. She is preceded in death by her husband, SGM Winston C. Owens of McColl, SC and her son, Frank S. Owens of Myrtle Beach, SC.
Elisabeth was born on August 23rd, 1931 in Münster, Germany to Johann and Anna Elise Braun. She married her husband on March 29th, 1954 in Münster - Dieburg, Germany. In September 1954, they moved to Marlboro County, SC. The family lived in several places as Winston pursued his career in the Army including: Fort Bragg, NC, Fort McClellan, AL, Panama, and Memphis, TN. She was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking, knitting, crocheting, painting, crafts, fishing, gardening, and raising German Shepherds. Her father also taught her to play the accordion. She was considered a master seamstress by many. She was a faithful member of Eastside Baptist Church in McColl, SC and later attended St. David’s after moving to Cheraw. She dedicated herself to volunteer work at St. David’s Thrift Shop and was one of the founding members of the Knit Witters.
A funeral service will be held 2:00pm Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at St. David’s Episcopal Church, Cheraw, SC. A visitation will be held in the chapel one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers: Hospice of Chesterfield County, P.O. Box 293, Chesterfield, SC 29709 or The Prayer Shawl Ministry, St. David’s Episcopal Church P.O. Box 926, Cheraw, SC 29520.