Grace Van Aken Owen

Grace Van Aken Owen


Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Grace Van Aken Owen, 91, of Morehead City, NC who died on Saturday, October 22, 2022. Grace was born on June 26, 1931, in Trenton, NJ, to the late John F. Van Aken and Sadie Collins Van Aken.

Grace  was the widow of Rev Landon K. Owen, Jr.  Rev. Owen served churches in Bayville NJ and in the NY Bayport and Whitestone UMC’s on Long Island. Rev. Owen died in 2020.

When she was nearly forty, Grace attended college, followed by graduate school, where she earned a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She practiced for seventeen years in Green Bay, WI, and found this healing profession rewarding. However, her most meaningful blessing and privilege in life was being a mother, and the frosting on the cake was having five precious grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

In 1997 Grace felt fortunate to retire to the Crystal Coast, with her husband. Here she experienced and enjoyed friendly caring people, temperate weather, serene walks by the ocean, year-round flowers, and beautiful sunsets. It was also a special joy to her to find many opportunities to pursue her artistic talents. Grace was a member of St. Peter’s Methodist Church and a friend of the Unitarian Coastal Fellowship. She was also a grateful member of a twelve-step program.

Grace is survived by her children,  April Hope Owen of Morehead City, NC, Holly Lee Owen-Pauers and husband Dr. Randy Pauers of New Berlin, WI, and Landon “Keith” Owen and wife Mary Ann of Chantilly, VA; brother, Henry Bryan of Philadelphia, PA; grandchildren, Keith R. Denis and wife Samantha,  Richard R. Denis, Melissa Hope Owen, Emily C. Owen, and Leah Hope Pauers; great-grandchild, Delilah Rae Denis; along with numerous nieces and nephews, and many dear friends.

In addition to her parents, Grace was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Rev. Landon K. Owen, Jr. and siblings, Mary A Van Aken, William H. Van Aken, John F. Van Aken, Anna M. Deuel, Kathryn M. Reitano, and Elva M. Ely.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, November 19, 2022, at Munden Funeral Home, Morehead City, NC. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, remember Grace through an act of kindness to others or through donations for Hope Mission, 1209 Arendell Street, Morehead City NC 28557.

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