Helen Bernice Owens

Bernice Owens

Tuesday, August 3rd, 1926 - Monday, July 6th, 2020
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August 3, 1926 – July 6, 2020

Passed away peacefully in the home where she was born. Loving daughter of the late Irene (Ferren) and Harvie Gardiner. Cherished wife of the late Arthur Owens (m. August 6, 1966). Predeceased by her brother Ken and by her uncle Garnet Gardiner. Surrogate mother to the children of Harry and Isobel Austin: Jeffrey, Steven (Sheree), Jennifer and Charles. Surrogate grandmother to Joel, Riley and Brady. Upon her marriage to Art she became a stepmother to Gloria, Ivy, Jimmy and John. Step-grandmother to Troy (Heather), Mark (Tara), Darlajean (Kingsley), Lee (Nickee). Step-great grandmother to Matthew, Isabella, Lukas, Trey, Justin, Tyrese, Avree and Owen. Dear first cousin of Duane Scarlett and Diana Byrne (Scarlett) and cousin Max Cain. Affectionately remembered by the family of Robb Douglass and Violet (Swinson). Loved by many others of her large extended family, neighbours and friends.

Bernice was a life-long involved member of St. James Anglican church Kinmount. Bernice was a prominent citizen of Kinmount being the Kinmount Citizen of the Year in 2011 and involved in many groups such as a lifetime member of the RCL John McGrath Branch 441 and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary, the Kinmount Committee for Planning and Economic Development and a member of the Friends of Galway.

We would like to thank the St. Elizabeth palliative care RN’s and PSWs for their compassionate and professional care as well as Dr, Elena Mihu and the staff of the Kinmount Pharmacy.

A private graveside service will be held at the Kinmount Cemetery on Friday, July 10 at 11:00 am. Attendees are required to wear masks and to register by calling Jim and Peggy Vidoczy at 705-488-2307 or 705-455-7552 before entering the cemetery grounds.

A memorial service to celebrate Bernice's Life is planned to be held at St. James Anglican Church, Kinmount in September, 2020.

Memorial Donations to the St. James Anglican Church, Kinmount would be appreciated can be arranged through the Gordon A. Monk Funeral Home Ltd., P.O. Box 427, Minden, Ontario K0M 2K0.
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  • A Private Graveside Service to Celebrate Bernice's Life

    Kinmount Cemetery
    County Road 121
    Kinmount, Ontario K0M 2A0
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Reverend Canon Joan Cavanaugh
  • Interment

    Kinmount Cemetery
    3199 Highway 121
    Kinmount, ON K0M 2A0
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


  • Anglican Church Women
  • Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxilliary


Donations are being accepted for: ST. JAMES' CHURCH.


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Posted at 11:10am
My sincere condolences to the families of Bernice. The picture is of her and my Mom about 1950.
It is hard to imagine Kinmount without Bernice. She grew up with my Mom (Joy Stange) and is among the last of that generation. Bernice took care of people. She stayed with the sick and dying, comforted those left, and honoured the memories. Always a smile to give, a hug to connect, and a story to tell. I loved talking to her about the past and her life in Kinmount. She will be remembered with love by all the families who felt like she belonged to them. Mine included.

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