Sara Cantrell Owen

Sara Cantrell Owen

Wakefield, VA
10.20.1936 - 06.29.2020
Durham, NC

Sara Elizabeth “Betty” Cantrell Owen, 83, of Wakefield, VA died   June 29, 2020 at Riverside Center in Smithfield, VA.

Born at Duke Hospital in Durham, NC on October 20, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Wilburn and Margaret Cantrell of Boydton, VA.   Betty attended Longwood College and was a member of Wakefield Baptist Church for over 50 years where she taught the Women’s Sunday School for most of that time.  She also taught first and fourth grades at Wakefield Elementary School and Tidewater Academy, and served on the Walter Cecil Rawls Library Board of Directors in Courtland, VA for many years. 

Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her beloved husband of 60 years, Robbie F. Owen; and a sister, Patricia Cantrell Taylor.

Betty was an avid reader, inspired teacher and artist, wonderful homemaker, dangerous Slapjack player with her grandchildren, inquisitive world traveler, and great conversationalist.   She was a loving and devoted wife, and cherished mother, mother-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend who will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Loving survivors include sons David T. Owen (Lisa) and Stephen F. Owen (Shelby); grandchildren Ashley Brock (Graham) and Erin Seward (Brandon), Graham Owen (Nathalie), Emily Owen (Steven), and Samuel Owen; great-grandchildren Owen and Brycen Brock, Camden and Grayson Seward, Timothy Addington, and Elliot and Luke Owen; brother William T. Cantrell of Midlothian and sister Mary Alice Cafazza of Amelia; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

The family will have a private service at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Wakefield Baptist Church, P.O. Box 567, Wakefield, VA 23888.  R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, Wakefield Chapel is assisting the family.  Condolences may be registered at



Lisa and family, So sorry to hear about your mother in law. My prayers go out to you and your family at this difficult time.

Kim Bryant

David and family sorry for your loss prayers for you and your family

Susan Cook Smith

Thinking of you.

Jim Kerr

David and Stephen and families,
I grew up with y'all and in the Wakefield Baptist Church. I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing . I remember her well even though it has been many years since I have seen her. It is so sad to see another of our "Wakefield family" leave us. I know you have many wonderful memories with her. Prayers and sympathy to you at this sad time.

Elizabeth Daughtrey

I was so shocked to see this, David your mom has always held a special place in my heart. My prayers go out to you, Lisa, Steve and your families. She was/is a special woman.

Lisa Epps Merkh

She was a wonderful lady. Smiling at the fun memories of her! Thinking of you all and sorry for your loss.

Sandy and George Coleman

I remember Betty as always full of sunshine. May she rest in peace. Beth Monahan

Beth Monahan

So sorry for your loss. She was very sweet remember her at the old veterans club when it was school and my mom and her getting together. Prayers for you and your family.

Andrew Eggleston

Steve, David and families,

I am saddened to learn of your loss. Although this is surely a difficult time for all of you, Betty is finally resting peacefully. My prayers are with you.

Jacquelyn Hager

Jacquelyn Hager

David, Steve and families,
We are so sorry for the loss of your mom.
She was admired and loved by everyone whose lives she touched.
you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Jay and Chris

Jay and Chris Epperson

Steve and David, I can remember coming up the road to your house to play a few times. Your Mom always had a big smile and was so sweet. I pray that our Lord wraps his arms around you all and gives you comfort through this difficult time.
Leonard Rollings

Leonard Rollings

David and family, please accept our sincerest prayers and support during this tough time....

Tommy Lindsay

Our thought and prayers are with you all.

Susan & Tommy Traylor

I am Larry Edwards daughter I am so sorry for your family loss your family will be in my prayers

Lawanda Rogers

Dear Owen Families:
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Mrs. Owen was such a wonderful lady.
Betty Pond Beale

Betty P Beale

Mrs. Owen was a friend of my mother’s when she and her family lived in Franklin for a while. She, also, was a frequent visitor to Mom’s room at the Village at Woods Edge in Franklin, as Mom was slipping away from us. I visited Mrs. Owen frequently to get a break and some comfort. I could always count on her for kind words and a bit of candy. She clearly loved her family and her God. I’m sure she and Mom have already connected in heaven, probably starting up a game of cards! God bless you during this difficult time. But, rest assured, your mother/grandmother is reunited with her precious Robbie, and in God’s loving arms.

Patti Kitchen Heller

David and family I'm sending prayers to comfort you doing this difficult time

Katherine Vargo

Your mother will be greatly missed. She was such a beautiful lady. Always had a smile on her face every time I ever saw her and spoke kind words to everyone. You couldn’t help but love her❤️ She will be missed.

Rebecca Griffin

I just found out today on Facebook that Betty passed away. I will always cherish the memories of our times together. She was a special friend. How blessed we all have been to have had Betty in our lives. May God grant you His peace and comfort
Julie Williams

Julie Williams

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