Margaret Geraldine Council Owens, 88, of Amarillo, TX died Monday, November 25, 2019.
Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 30, 2019, at Coulter Road Baptist Church with Dr. Larry Payne officiating. Private burial will be at Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Geraldine was born December 2, 1930, in Pinetops, NC to Julian “Pete” and Ida Council. She was married forty-one years to Charles Melvin Owens, who preceded her in death on December 24, 1991. They were from the same farming community and later enjoyed twenty years in the Air Force. They were stationed in South Carolina, Utah, Newfoundland, Florida, Germany, and last of all, Amarillo, TX.
On September 18, 2015, middle son, James Steven Owens died in Arkansas. His request was to be cremated and buried with his mother. That request will be honored today.
Geraldine taught Training Union, G.AIS, Bus Ministry, WMU President and Director, VBS, and Sunday School at Tascosa, Wolflin, Coulter Road Baptist Church for thirty-five years. In 1980 at Wolflin Ave. Baptist Church, she received a Woman of the Year plaque.
For thirty-five years children called her “Mrs. Owens” and she truly loved those years in Sunday School and AISD.
Geraldine worked sixteen years with AISD in the Title I program. She substituted eight years on Thursday and Friday in the Middle School and High School. Geraldine also worked four years at Harrington Cancer Center.
She also was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kristy Owens in May 2016.
Survivors include two sons, Charlie Owens II and wife Clarice of Amarillo and Michael Owens and wife Aletta of Lubbock, TX; two brothers, James Council and wife Faye of Wilson, NC and Hugh Council and wife Ramona of Macclesfield, NC, and Anne Council, wife of deceased brother, Julian Spur Council of Chesapeake, VA; sister-in-law, Shirley Berringer of Wilson, NC; five grandchildren, Melissa Owens Robertson and husband Greg of Mansfield, TX, Shannon Galyean and husband Kyle of Lubbock, TX, Charlie Owens III of Amarillo, Leslie Reneau and husband Cory of Amarillo; great-grandchildren, Madeline Malett, Rylan and Ellison Reneau. Oh, how she loved the grands and the greats!! She is also survived by many nieces and nephews in Virginia and North Carolina. She loved them everyone!
Memorials may be given to the Gideons International, PO Box 2304, Amarillo, TX 79105; St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, PO Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101; or your favorite charity.