Marguerite M. "Peggy" Owens dies at age 87

Homemaker, volunteer and avid sailor

August 31, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Marguerite M. "Peggy" Owens, a homemaker and volunteer, died Aug. 25 at her home in Naples, Fla., of complications from an infection. She was 87.

Marguerite Martin, the daughter of a Chesapeake Bay ferry purser and a homemaker, was born in Royal Oak on the Eastern Shore and moved in 1928 to Roland Park.

After graduating in 1941 from Eastern High School, she worked as a secretary in the Office of Strategic Services at Aberdeen Proving Ground during World War II.

In 1946, she married John B. Owens, who was one of the founders of the Owens Yacht Co.

For years, the couple lived at a home on Hollins Avenue that overlooked Lake Roland. There they raised their family of six children.

Mrs. Owens had been an active volunteer with the Children's Aid Society. She was a member of the Friends of the American Wing of the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Gibson Island Garden Club.

She and her husband maintained a second home on Gibson Island, where they spent many hours racing sailboats on the bay. They were active members of the Gibson Island Yacht Squadron.

In 1973, they sold their Lake Roland home and moved to Point Clear, Ala., near Mobile, where they purchased a 400-acre farm.

They moved to Naples in 1985, where Mrs. Owens became an active member of the Pelican Bay Foundation and was a member of the Naples Museum of Art and the Moorings Country Club.

Mrs. Owens enjoyed playing golf, tennis and bridge.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 10 at St. James' Church, 5757 Solomons Island Road, Lothian.

In addition to her husband of 64 years, she is survived by three sons, David Owens of Ruxton, Peter Owens of Durango, Colo., and Andy Owens of Orlando, Fla.; three daughters, Christine Sands of Paia, Hawaii, Amelia Sullivan of Pacifica, Calif., and Elizabeth Crossman of Key West, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Frederick N. Rasmussen

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