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Willa Mae "Pat" (Henderson) Owens

May 2, 1932 - September 11, 2022

Burial Date: September 22, 2022

A celebration of Willa’s life will be held on Thursday September 22, 2022 at 10am at Zion Baptist Church. Viewing in Church from 9-10am. Interment to follow at 1pm at The State Veteran Cemetery, Middletown. James R. Sanders, Funeral Director and Colonial Funerals are handling the arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at Colonialfunerals.com.

Mrs. Willa Mae “Pat” (Henderson) Owens earned her wings on Sunday, September 11, 2022 where she transitioned peacefully at the Village at East Farm. She was the wife of the late Herbert Owens, Sr.  Willa was born May 2, 1932 in Jacksonville, NC to the late William Henderson and Mary (Sharpless) Henderson.

Willa Mae attended schools in Jacksonville, NC.  She came to Waterbury at the age of 19 where she met and married Herbert Owens, Sr. They were married for 48 years.  Willa Mae worked at National Cleaners and G. Fox & Company.  She retired from General Motors in 1986 where she worked as an Assembly Worker for over 20 years.

Willa Mae was a member of Zion Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend Robert H. Harrell and then Reverend Dr. Stanley P. Petteway.  She was a member of the Senior Usher Board for many years.  She was a member of the Georgetown High School Alumni Association.

Willa Mae loved the Lord.  Gospel music filled the house on Sundays.  She loved westerns especially John Wayne movies.  She was a classy lady.  When she entered the room all eyes were on her.  She had true class.  She enjoyed playing bidwist along with the crew Herbert, Nell, Jr., Alice, William, Pete and Lucy.  They would play every weekend at each other houses. Family was everything to her.

Willa Mae leaves behind to cherish her memory – Daughters, Nicole Owens-Callahan of Bakersfield, CA, Meko Owens-Ward and Tanya Owens, both of Waterbury.  Sons, LaMark Henderson of Fort Ann, NY and Herbert Owens, Jr. of Waterbury; 22 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and 8 great great grandchildren.  Sisters Nellie Owens, Virginia Beach, VA and Sarah Blake, Jacksonville, NC.  Sisters-in-law Ruth Dillard and Mary Yearwood of Jarvisburg, NC and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Willa Mae was predeceased by her oldest son Steve Henderson, son-in-law Peter Ward; siblings, Dorothy Harrison, Gussie Thompson, Clarence Henderson, Roosevelt Henderson and Mary Redding and her special aunt Gertrude Washington.

A celebration of Willa’s life will be held on Thursday September 22, 2022 at 10am at Zion Baptist Church. Viewing in Church from 9-10am. Interment to follow at 1pm at The State Veteran Cemetery, Middletown. James R. Sanders, Funeral Director and Colonial Funerals are handling the arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at Colonialfunerals.com.