Waunell Ruth Owen December 28, 1965 ~ November 2, 2013

OwenWaunell Ruth Owen, 47, of Springdale passed away Saturday, November 2, 2013 in Springdale.  She was born December 28, 1965 in Siloam Springs the daughter of Lee and Patricia Howard Owen.

She was a member of First Baptist Church in Fayetteville; an educator for many years, Bentonville and currently First Grade Teacher at John Tyson Elementary School in Springdale.

Waunell had received several awards as a teacher, with one being, State Teacher of Year.

She was a very special, daughter, aunt and friend, avid dog lover.

She was preceded in death by her dog, Jalee.

Survivors include her parents, Lee and Patricia Owen of Fayetteville; 2~sisters, Jauwana Owen of Farmington and Christy Edwards and husband, Steven of Goshen; 4~nieces, Jordan Smith and husband, Reb, Brandee Byrd, Madilyn Edwards and Mallory Edwards; 1~nephew, Gunner Edwards; 2~great-nieces, Blakelee Smith and Channing Smith and 2~dogs, Bobbie Soxx and Puppy Lovins.

Funeral Services will be at 2:00 PM Friday, November 8, 2013 at Beard’s Funeral Chapel in Fayetteville with Dr. Doug Falknor officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hebron Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5~7 Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorials made be made American Diabetes Association or the Animal Shelter of your choice.







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    Chuck Ramage » 05. Nov, 2013

    Dearest friends

    Vicky and I were so sorry to hear of your loss. Your family has a special place in my heart. You have meant so much to me and my family over the years. Please know that you are in our prayers. May The Lord comfort you as only He can in this terrible time of grief.
    You have always been a man I have looked to as a mentor, an example as to how a man of God should live. Thank you brother for living your life for Christ and pointing us to the cross. What a blessing you and Pat have been.

    I am so sorry I can’t be there for you at this time. Please forgive me.

    I love you all very much
    May God richly bless you and keep you.
    Your brother in Christ our Lord

    Stacie Grace » 05. Nov, 2013

    I have known Waunell for about 16 years. She was such a sweet, special friend to me. We worked together at Tyson and she always found me to show me what great math thinking her kids were doing. I will miss talking to her on the phone and swapping stories about our “kids” and her beautiful smile. Praying for her family and her friends,
    Stacie Grace

    Joyce Tuller » 06. Nov, 2013

    I am sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences as you go through this difficult time.

    Sarah Hamm » 06. Nov, 2013

    I was deeply saddened by the news of Waunell’s passing. My heart felt condolences to you and your family.

    Conrad Odom » 06. Nov, 2013

    I just want to tell the family that it saddened me this morning to read of Waunell passing. It has been years since we have talked. I knew her from Jr. High and High School. Waunell ALWAYS had a smile on her face and brightened the room with it. I also remember her singing. I was happy to read that she did so well (not surprising) and I know there were many classrooms that benefited from her teaching and kind disposition. Her legacy will certainly remain with all those children she taught. It will live on with me –remembering what a smile can mean to someone else.
    Conrad Odom FHS classmate

    Ginny Lebeau » 06. Nov, 2013

    I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Ms. Owen’s passing. My 9 year old daughter, Alyssa had her as a kindergarten teacher for 2 years in a row and loved her very much. She attends Tyson Elementary and is in the 3rd grade now. She would go by Ms. Owen’s classroom often just to say hello and get a hug. As my daughter wrote in a card about Ms. Owen “The sun will never be as bright without you.” You will forever be in our hearts.

    karen rogers » 06. Nov, 2013

    Waunell was a dear precious friend who will be missed by friends, coworkers, and students. She always had a hug and a kind word for me. She loved her dogs. It delighted her to talk about them. May God’s love comfort the family and know she is with the angels.

    Renee Carrillo » 06. Nov, 2013

    I am sending my condolences to the Owens family. I worked with Waunell at John Tyson Elementary. She was the most beautiful person inside and out that I have ever known. She would come into to the Library just to stop by and say hello. I will miss seeing her smiles and her beautiful face. I will miss her dearly. Love you Waunell.

    Donna Tuller » 06. Nov, 2013

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.

    Rhonda Scott » 06. Nov, 2013

    Waunell has been such a great friend to me for 25 years. I am going to miss her terribly. I will always remember her sweet, smiling face. She was always helpful to others. She brought so much joy into my life and my family’s life over the years. My boys will always remember her as “Waunella Quintella”. That was our special name for Waunell that always made her laugh and smile. Waunell was a wonderful teacher and I know how many hearts she has touched. I pray for you all during this difficult time. And Waunell, I will always miss you. Love you!

    Pamela Ezell Crowder » 06. Nov, 2013

    Lee and Pat,
    You were my second family growing up. I was at your house when Elvis died and remember Pat crying. I remember Pat looking out the window at the side of the house as Waunell and I tried dog food and she just smiled at us. We laughed at that so much. I remember the class project we had to complete by reading a book and creating an art project. I read a story about a horse and made a shoebox with trees and a plastic horse. Waunell read “The Wizard of Oz” and came to school with each of the characters handmade down to the last detail. She was so artistic and talented. I talked to her this summer and she was so positive. It was so good to walk down memory lane with her and remember the fun, crazy times. I am so sorry. She will be missed greatly and remembered fondly. I loved her so much.

    Cathy (Potter) Rose » 06. Nov, 2013

    Lee, Pat and Jauwana and family, Was so sorry to hear about Waunell. Connie and I had some great memories of the girls and your family. Cannot begin to express our deepest sympathy. God Bless and Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
    Love Cathy Potter (Rose)

    Amanda Disney-Ladish » 07. Nov, 2013

    I am devastated to hear the news of this loss for the Owen family. My childhood memories are filled with the experiences I had with Christy and her family. I very fondly recall Waunell’s smile, spunk, and willingness to help others. As an educator, I know that she touched countless lives in her profession; which she excelled in. Please accept my most sincere empathy for your loss.
    Amanda Disney-Ladish

    Name » 09. Nov, 2013

    I can not believe she is gone. This is the hardest thing I have ever had to do. Love to you all.

    Sandra Robbins DeFatta » 07. Nov, 2013

    Lee, Pat, Jauwana & Christi,
    Even though it’s been many years since I’ve seen you guys, I’ve been keeping up with how you’re doing through mom & dad (Jerri & Leon). I was so saddened to hear that Waunell had died. It’s hard to imagine that she could be gone so early! Praying for all of you in this time of grief and loss. Let God comfort & bless you as only He knows how you truly feel.
    Love in Christ,

    Sandy Littrell » 07. Nov, 2013

    So sorry for your loss!! Growing up with your family in Church was such a blessing!! Listening to Lee and Waunell sing , always gave me chills!!! I always thought she was so cool and always tried to sit by her at Church!! We still have the picture of Daniel in the Lions Den, hanging in Church!! (Waunell painted it). We also worked together at walmart!! I’m so glad God blessed me with knowing Waunell and The Owens!!! I’m a better person for it!! Love you and sending Prayers!!!

    Name » 07. Nov, 2013

    I met Waunell at Winwood Baptist Church!! Loved when she and Lee would sing!! Growing up with The Owens has been a blessing!! It has made me a better person!! The picture she painted still hangs in Children’s Church!! Always reminded me of all the great times we had!! Blessed to have known Waunell and the Owen family!! I’m a better person for knowing them!! Waunell, I’ll see you soon and to my Owen family, sending you prayers!!! Love you all

    Beverly Bassett Jones » 07. Nov, 2013

    I am so sorry to hear of Waunell’s passing. We were friends in junior high and high school. She was such a dear friend then, but I havn’t spoken with her since. Your daughter was a very beautiful person and dear friend that I will miss. My world was much brighter for knowing her.

    Rhonda Carlile » 07. Nov, 2013

    Lee, Pat, Jauwana, Christy, and families:
    I am so sorry for your loss. Waunell was always so special to me, as all of you are. A big majority of my childhood memories include your family- especially my “Wauni”. I’m grateful she and I had reconnected recently and caught up with each other. I’m also grateful we will see her again. All of you will be in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you peace and comfort at this difficult time.
    Love you all! Rhonda (Hart) Carlile and Family

    Tonya Gookin Wilhelms » 08. Nov, 2013

    I was so saddened to hear the news of Waunell’s passing, so hard to believe. I have so many good memories of our years at Colony South Missionary Baptist Church. I always enjoyed going home with you on Sundays and hanging out. You are such a wonderful family. What a blessing it was when I moved Mom & Dad up here in 2007 and found out that Jauwana lived next door! What a small world. May God comfort you during your time of need. You are in my thoughts and prayers. All my love, Tonya

    Blythe Bower » 10. Nov, 2013

    My deepest sympathies are with you all as you say goodbye to Waunell. What a great friend she was to me at Woodland and FHS! I haven’t spoken to her since then, but I will always remember her as a beautiful person and treasured friend. I know she was well loved by the students that she taught and I’m sure she touched many more lives by her grace and thoughtfulness. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.

    Maribel » 05. Dec, 2014

    god bless mrs owen she was the greatest teacher may rest in peace