Jane Eleanor (Ross) Owens passed away peacefully at the Central Vermont Medical Center on January 8, 2021. She was 89 years old, although if asked, she would have told you she was 27 years old, as she had been claiming for the last 62 years.
Jane Eleanor Ross was born on November 16, 1931 in Troy, NY to William Ross and Edith Belle (Gould) Ross. She was married in 1958 to John Robert Owens, who pre-deceased her in 1997.
She attended the Mary Warren School, and graduated in 1949 from Troy High School. She then attended Troy Business School, where she received training and qualification as a secretary/stenographer. After graduation she worked as a legal secretary. In 1966, her husband was transferred to Dutchess County, NY, and she spent the rest of her career working for Dutchess County as a secretary/stenographer, first at the Probation Department, and later at the Dutchess County Jail and Sheriff's Office.
In East Fishkill, NY, Jane was an active member of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection for three decades. During the 1980's and 1990's, she worked the polls as a volunteer registrar and volunteered at the East Fishkill Library. She was an avid seamstress, having made her own wedding dress, and she adored making frilly dresses for her daughter and granddaughters when they were little.
In her later years, she went to live in Calais, VT with her son Stephen Owens and daughter-in-law Carol Beatty.
Jane was well-known for her love of hotdogs and Wayside Inn onion rings, as well as her mischievous sense of humor and her sardonic one-liners, such as, “A woman’s place is in the home, and she should go there directly after work”; “Don’t pick a lemon from the Tree of Love” or “The best things in life are free, or at LEAST 75% off the lowest ticketed price."
Jane is survived by her family: Stephen Owens and his wife Carol Beatty of Calais, VT and their children : Elisabeth Beatty; Benjamin Beatty-Owens, his wife Philippa and their two children, Evelyn and Fiona.
Geoffrey Owens and his wife Jodi Bradbury Owens and their daughter Audrey of Dayton, OH.
Cynthia Owens and her husband Marc Goetmaekers and their son Ian of Antwerp, Belgium.
The family wishes to thank Laura Atkinson for the loving care she took of Jane for the last four years.
Jane will be interred in Waterford Rural Cemetery, Saratoga County, New York.