The funeral for Hope Chase Van Nostrand Owen, 97, of Woodward, will be 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, 2008, at First Presbyterian Church, Woodward. The Rev. Richard McFarlin will officiate. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery . Arrangements are by Billings Funeral Home, Woodward.
She was born May 12, 1911, in Butler , Mo., to George Evan and Lula Ada White Chase and died Monday, Sept. 22, 2008, at her home.
She lived her first nine years southeast of Leedey, then moved to Pryor. When she was 11, her father was killed and she worked as a nanny for a family in Tulsa, where she attended school.
She married Russell C. Van Nostrand Oct. 10, 1929. They purchased the Woodward Monument Co. and in August 1939, the family moved to Woodward. She was a homemaker and helped with the business. When he died in 1950, she continued to operate the business until 1957, when she married Walter J. Owen. They moved north of Mooreland to ranch and raise feeder pigs. He died in 1982, and she moved back to Woodward.
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Queen Esther Chapter of Eastern Star, Past Matrons, Cheerio Club, Wednesday Night Bridge Club, Senior Center and Bowling League.
Surviving are her children, Betty Ann Semmel and Louise Hunter, both of Woodward. R.C. Van Nostrand of Guthrie and Jean Brown of Hot Springs, Ark; three stepchildren, Gwen Ogg of Cathedral City, Calif., Ronnie Owen of Big Sandy, Texas, and Carolyn Logsdon of Sangudo, Canada; one brother, James W. Chase of Muldrow; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren; eight stepgreat-grandchildren; and five stepgreat-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husbands, Russel "Van" and Walt, she was preceded in death by one daughter, two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, five sisters and two brothers.
Memorials may be made through the funeral home to First Presbyterian Church or Woodward Senior Center.
Condolences may be made online at www.billingsfuner alhomewoodward.com.
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