Wanda J. R. Owen Feb. 6, 1935 ~ Nov. 23, 2012
November 13, 2012, 9:04 am by Staff Reports
Owen graduated from Knott High School in 1953 as Valedictorian, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hardin-Simmons University with a Bachelorís of Science in Health and Physical Education.
She received her Masterís of Education from Southwest Texas State University in August 1966. Jean began her teaching and coaching career in Mertzon, Texas, and taught in Seminole and Wall, Texas, as well as at Hardin-Simmons University before moving to Austin and coaching at Lanier and Austin High Schools. Coach Owen encouraged and led her teams to many District, Bi-District, and Regional Championships, and State Finals in Basketball, Volleyball, Track and Bowling. She was honored as Austin High School Teacher of the Year in 1986. She retired from teaching in 1992.
She married Robert E. Owen in 1961 and they were happily married until Bob passed away in 2005.
She was a member of Austin Association of Teachers, TSTA, NEA, National Federation of High School Coaches, and the Texas High School Coaches Association.
Owen was a leader in fighting for the equal funding of womenís athletics at all levels, and in ensuring that Title Nine of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, enacted in June 1972, was upheld and applied to her students. Outside of "school,Ē she was a member of the Womenís International Bowling Congress, Horseshoe Bay Womenís Golf Association, and numerous Bowling Teams, including the Austin Womenís Bowling Association. After retirement, Owen worked with the First Baptist Church of Marble Falls Prison Ministry.
She and her husband Bob were two of the founders of the Hope Sunday School Class, and she was instrumental in finding creative, entertaining, and fun party opportunities for the class. She continued to golf and bowl, bowling in the Womenís Seniors and Team Senior tournaments through the US for many years. Her own words about herself are the best honor we can give her today. In her "Philosophy of TeachingĒ Statement, she wrote: "A teacher/coach should be open-minded. She should use her heart as well as her head and have faith in people. She should believe in them, trust them, and draw out the best in them while being able to accept with understanding their faults and shortcomings as well as recognizing her own deficiencies. The teacher/coach should have a sense of humor and not be a stuffed shirt. She should maintain discipline, but have an humble spirit and the ability to laugh at herself.Ē
Owen is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Robert Owen; parents Elbert Lee Roman and Laura Curry Roman; brothers E. L. Roman II, and Odell Roman; and sisters Ruby Doris Roman Cheatham and husband Robert, and Hildred Lynette Roman Rutledge and husband James.
She is survived by brothers Maxie Ray Roman and wife Karen, and Don Dwaine Roman and wife Beth; sister Judith Ann Roman Robbins; sister-in-law Wanda Lee Roman; many nieces and nephews; and many close friends.
A special thanks and deep appreciation to Linda Fletcher, Jeanís dear friend and teaching associate; Matilde McEachron, her companion and caregiver and her husband Alfonso; Roger and Dot Foil of Horseshoe Bay; JW and MaryAnn Cradoct of First Baptist Church; Tsachka Morag; Sandra McCrae; Holly Hale, former director of Cedar Ridge Alzheimerís Care Center; and Odyssey Hospice and their wonderful staff for their unwavering encouragement, support, visits, and love for Owen during her last years.
Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at First Baptist Church of Marble Falls with Rev. Max Copeland officiating. Interment will immediately follow at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park in Burnet. The family received friends from 4-7 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.
Condolences can be offered at www.edgarfh.com. If desired, emorials in Jeanís name can be made to the Hardin-Simmons University Womenís Athletic Scholarship Fund, 2200 Hickory, Abilene,Texas, 79698.
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