Kay Owen, 1961-2015

Kay Owen

Kay Owen

Helen Kay Burbridge Owen, 54, passed away Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015.

She was born Sept. 8, 1961, grew up in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and graduated from J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson, Texas. She received a bachelor’s degree in social work from Baylor University in 1984 and a master’s in religious educations with an emphasis in Old Testament theology from Southwestern Theological Seminary in 1987.

She was a Christian and served for many years in mission work in Honduras, Mexico, Brazil and the Rio Grande Valley. She volunteered with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in Waco, Texas. As a part-time local pastor in the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church, she served as pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church Batesville and Cushman United Methodist Church, as well as the director of the inpatient rehabilitation department at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

She was a quilter and a Girl Scout troop assistant leader. She collected unique thimbles and had a collection of Santa Clauses. She was the leader of the women’s Bible study at First United Methodist Church Batesville.

Survivors include her husband, Donnel Owen; a daughter, Adele Owen; her parents, Wallace and Pat Burbridge; two sisters, Julie Tanner and Ellen Comer; and several nephews and nieces.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.