Evelyn Mae Owen, 97 of Hillcrest Health Care Center died there at 4:20am. Thursday, March 3, 2005. She was born May 13, 1908. She retired from Owensboro Daviess County Hospital as a registered nurse after 40yrs.and was a member of First Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening, fishing and nursing. When Mae Owen arrived in heaven this morning, she wanted to continue her nursing career of more than 73yrs., however, since heaven is a perfect place, without sickness or sorrow, she can just rest from her labors. However, in her stllar nursing career she influenced many people. As an RN, she impressed her daughters, Carolyn, Nancy and Martha to become RNs. She also has three granddaughters who are registered nurses, and one is a pharmacist. Another granddaughter is a medical doctor and a grandson-in-law is a PA. That is quite a lot of medical people from the influence of one. Her many other accomplishments were starting the CCU at Owensboro Daviess County Hospital and serving as its supervisor for several years, implementing the candy striper programs and teaching nursing at the technical school. She admitted the first patient to Our Lady of Mercy Hospital in 1948 and was the second-floor supervisor at Mercy Hospital. She worked at Dr. Thomas Crume's office and did private duty nursing for several Owensboro families. She was a dedicated patient care-oriented nurse and insisted that all procedures were done correctly and 'by the book.' She was well-repected in her home, church adn medical community. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arch David Owen, on Aug.30, 1978; her parents, Roscoe and Alice Noffsinger Walls; her stepmother, Della Walls; and four grandchildren, Robert Owen, John Owen, Glenn Hardy and Sherry Hardy. Surviving include two sons, Robert D. Owen and his wife, Frances, of Lafayette, La., and John T. Owen and his wife, Betty of Enterprise, Ala.; three daughters, Martha Szabo and her husband, Steve of Planfield, Ill., Carolyn Schocke and her husband, Bill of Owensboro, and Nancy Gardner and her husband Milton of Thomasville, Ga.; 14 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; a brother, Marion Walls of Riverside, Calif; and two sisters, Elaine Kitchen of Louisville and Jewell Brown of Florida. Services are a 2pm. Saturday at First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Rosehill Cemetery. Visitation is from 4 to 8pm. today adn from 11 to 1:30pm.Saturday at Haley-McGinnis Funeral Home. Dr.David Nelson and Dr. Milton Gardner will be officiate. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to First Baptist Church Building Fund, 2030 J.R.Miller Blvd., Owensboro, Ky.42303.

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  1. Carolyn, my thoughts and prayers are with you and family at this time of loss.

    Mary Maude & Wayne

  2. Dear Martha:

    I was so sorry to read of your mother’s death in the Messenger. What a wonderful, long life she had and what an amazing legacy she left her family. You must be very proud of her life and accomplishments.

    I well remember a trip I took

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