Vicki Owens, 1942-2021

 

Vicki Jean Owens, 78, passed away peacefully at home in Trenton, Mich., on April 30, 2021. Beloved wife of Walter A. for 56 years. Dear mother of Amy Lester, Beth (Scott) Hinzmann and Katie (Rick) Talbert. Dearest grandmother of Brian and Chloe Lester, Haley, Cole, Abby, and Jenna Hinzmann, Sky, Renee, Justine, and Emma Talbert. Great-grandmother to Sawyer, Arthur, and Loralie. Sister to Marcia (Peter) Elshout. Sister-in-law to John (Debbie) Owens. Preceded in death by her parents, Harriet (Wegner) and Raymond (Skip) Garrison. She was a treasured aunt of Jennifer, Becky, Ben and Emily.

Vicki was born in La Porte, Ind., on Dec. 20, 1942. Growing up, Vicki loved spending time with her friends, waterskiing, drinking Pepsi and watching American Bandstand. An avid writer, she worked on her school paper, as a cub reporter for the La Porte Herald-Argus, and later at times as a freelance reporter for the Detroit News. Vicki graduated from La Porte High School in 1961 before heading to West Lafayette, Ind., and earning her English Education degree from Purdue. After marrying Walt Owens, they moved to Lincoln Park, Mich., and Vicki started her teaching career at Schaefer High School in Southgate.

As a busy mom raising three successful women, Vicki made time to serve in leadership roles in many community organizations including Faith United Methodist Church, Metro Detroit Girl Scouts, political campaigning and the Anderson Elementary PTA. In 1973, she was named Outstanding Young Women for the city of Trenton.

Vicki was a lifelong Girl Scout, starting as one herself and later leading troops of all ages as her daughters progressed through the ranks – inspiring many young women with her leadership and songs. After her own girls graduated, VIcki served on the Metropolitan Detroit Girl Scout Council for many years.

Vicki returned to education in 1980, teaching senior citizens seeking high school diplomas at Asher School in Southgate and earning a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University. At Asher, she launched an intergenerational education program between the youth and lifelong learners in Southgate. She brought senior citizen students with world experience in wars and immigration into the middle school classroom. Her program was a model throughout the state and she served on the advisory board. She was integral in starting an intergenerational prom where Asher students of all ages came together to dance the whole night through. She then became an advisor, where she had the ability to mentor students and teachers alike. After retirement, Vicki volunteered for many years at Detroit Metro Airport as an airport ambassador, welcoming visitors from around the world and helping them with their needs.

Vicki loved to travel with Walt, attending Elderhostels and visiting many cities to see the NCAA basketball games. She traveled to Europe, Hawaii and China. She took each of her granddaughters on an Elderhostel when they turned 11, seeing the Grand Canyon, Broadway, Wyoming, Branson, San Diego, and Atlanta. She enjoyed playing bridge, being part of up to four clubs at one time and making many close friends along the way.

Vicki was well loved by many, always ready for fun and games. She encouraged shenanigans and was quick to join in the fun. Vicki will be remembered for her loving smile, zest for life, and kind and welcoming spirit.

Contributions in memory of Vicki’s life may be made to Faith United Methodist Church, the Alzheimer’s Association or Girl Scouts of South Eastern Michigan.

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6 Responses to “Vicki Owens, 1942-2021”

  1. Joanne Ohlis Neuman

    May 04. 2021

    I was shocked to see this! I have moved to a very small town, Cedaredge, CO where my daughter and son-in-law live. Vicki and I were in the same class at La Porte High School. Way too young to leave us. I believe our class is planning on a reunion in 2022 and she will be sorely missed. I pray her family will come through this difficult time.
    Joanne Ohlis Neuman
    278 SE Greenwood Ave.
    Cedaredge, CO 81413 (303)269-9505

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    • Lillian Cichon Seagren

      May 04. 2021

      RIP dear lady.
      You are raised up by oh so many who love you.

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  2. Nancy McCalment

    May 04. 2021

    So shocked to see this! Vickie was a year ahead of me in school but part of a group of us that ran together for a time. Such a fun person and so nice! We had such fun out at the lake in La Porte!
    Condolences and prayers to all her family. 🙏🏻

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  3. Lana Brown Bloom

    May 04. 2021

    Vicki and I were in the same class. She was always a very nice person. She was way to young to go. My prayers are with her family. She will be missed

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    • Carol D West

      May 05. 2021

      Vicki was a high school classmate, who was always so sweet and caring, and a fun person to be around. She will be missed at our next reunion. My prayers and condolences to her family.

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  4. Connie Ewart Green

    May 05. 2021

    Vicki was one of my besties all thru junior and senior high. We reconnected several years ago and got together whenever we could. I’m so happy that I had those times with one of the finest ladies ever. She was a friend, a leader and a confidant. We had great fun at Stone Lake beach, water skiing in Pine Lake and partying at the Ivey’s house back in the day.I will never forget tose fun times. All my love and sympathies to her entire family.

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