Marion Kilpatrick Owen, 91, of Troy, N.C., passed away peacefully Sept. 16, 2022 surrounded by family.
Born May 23, 1931 in Transylvania County, she was the daughter of the late Fred Kilpatrick and Reba Owen Kilpatrick.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Macedonia United Methodist Church in Eldorado, officiated by the Rev. Fred Ingle, the Rev. Toney Parsons and the Rev. Derald Smith. The family will received friends at the church prior to the service and also immediately after the service.
A graveside service was held at Mac McCall Cemetery in Lake Toxaway, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022 at 1 p.m., officiated by the Rev. Rex Galloway.
She was known for her outgoing personality and love of God. As a woman of strong faith, she held a great compassion for others in need of an assuring word or a supportive hand. She was an avid Holy Bible scholar and taught Sunday School either in North Carolina or Florida for decades until the last few years of her life. For many years, on Thursday mornings, she held a Bible study at the Eldorado Outpost.
For 25 years, she was a 4-H leader alongside her husband. Volunteering was a big part of her life and she loved working with young people. She expanded her education and became a social worker for Montgomery County for many years. Her passion for helping others continued throughout her life.
She adored her family and being a “Nana” was her greatest joy. As a lifetime traveler, she appreciated hearing other’s stories about their lives and the places they had been. She and her husband, Rufus Owen, traveled extensively with their family and all throughout their retirement. Her love of learning and sharing God’s word never ended.
She is survived by her four daughters, Margaret O. Sanders, of Troy, Melinda O. Cagle and Telena O. Gooch, both of New London, and Teresa O. Baker and her husband, Clifton, of Denton; her sister, Molly Kilpatrick Patterson, of Bremen, Ga.; grandchildren, Daniel Sanders, (Jaime Taylor), Janet (Gary) Blackmon, Sabrina (Grant) Gooch, Chris (Andrea) Cagle, Jennifer Buie, Trent (Robin) Baker, Kaitlyn Baker (Craig Kindley), Pamela (Alex) Whitley, Fiorella Baker (Kevin Romeo), Zac Gooch (Savannah Heath) and Jake Gooch (Autumn Cranford); great-grandchildren, Aidan and Erin and their mother, Melinda, Raegan, Austin, Savannah, Grayson, Bethany, Harley, Eli, John, Rae and Joshua.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Rufus Marion Owen; her sister, Lavada Kilpatrick Owen; and her brother, Jackie Kilpatrick.
Memorials can be made to Riverbend Foundation, our parent’s youth camp at 4021 Hwy 109 N., Troy, NC 27371.
Bumgarner Family Funeral Service is assisting the Owen family.
Online condolences can be made at www.bumgarnerfu nerals.com.