Nelda Jean Clark Owens
IRAAN--Nelda Jean Clark Owens, 84, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 14th, at the Iraan General Hospital with her family by her side.
Jean was born January 31, 1930 in Iraan to Delfo and Neta Clark.
Jean spent her youth in Iraan growing up in the Standard Oil Camp amongst many friends, her parents, and her little sister, Sue. She was an IHS pep squad leader and played the piano beautifully. Nelda Jean graduated from Iraan High School in 1948 and decided to attend business school in Abilene. Fate stepped in that Fall when the love of her life, Amos Owens, asked her to marry him. She came home and they were married on January 8, 1949. They made their home on the Owens Ranch in Crockett County, where she would spend the next 47 years as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. In 1996, they retired from ranching and moved back to Iraan, where she spent the remainder of her life. Jean was a wonderful mother and exceptional grandmother. Her grandchildren loved Nana and spent many hours of their childhood at her house, where she cooked and played for hours with them. For more than 60 years, she loved camping with family on the Devil’s River each summer. Family meant everything to her.
Jean was a member of the Iraan Church of Christ. She was a kind, Christian woman, who loved God. This was evident in how she lived. She was a true example of Christian faith.
Some of her favorite hobbies included reading, sifting through family photos, and playing Scrabble. Nelda Jean had a love for West Texas and its scenery and enjoyed exploring and looking for old glass bottles. She was a board member of the Iraan Senior Citizen Center and Iraan Museum. She was a founding member of the Iraan Hospital Auxiliary and a member of the Iraan Archeology Society. Jean was a prominent member of the Iraan Ex-Students Association from it’s beginning, where she helped host homecomings throughout the years.
Jean (Nana) meant the world to her family and friends. She will be genuinely missed by all that were blessed to know her.
Nelda Jean is survived by her daughter, Linda Sue Owens Gage and husband, Kenny Bill; her son, James Weldon Owens, and wife Cindy; three grandchildren, Brandi Gage Beeler and husband, Shane, Chey-Anne Gage Smart and husband, Kyle, and Dawson Clay Owens; four great-grandchildren, Slade, Finley, Campbell, and Gunnar; her sister, Sue Womack of Colorado City; lifelong friends, Wanda Morrow and Marie Richardson and many more friends and family members.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Amos Owens
A celebration of her life was held on Thursday, October 16th, at 10:30 a.m. at the Iraan Church of Christ. Burial was held immediately following at the Sheffield Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Iraan Ex-Student Association, PO Box 1084, Iraan, TX 79744 or the ASU Tracy Womack Scholarship Fund, Advancement and University Relations, ASU Station #11023, San Angelo, TX 76909-1023.
Colorado City, TX
Nelda Jean Clark Owens