Nellie Grace Owens

Jan 18, 2021
Owens, Nellie


11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 23, 2021 at Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 805 Adams St, Waterloo, IA 50703. The service will be recorded and posted to the funeral home website.


one hour before the service at the church.


Garden of Memories 


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Nellie Grace Owens, 86, of Waterloo, died Monday, January 18, 2021 at Unity Point Health Allen Hospital.  She was born April 16, 1934 in Ebenezer, MS the daughter of Bea and Cherry Lambert Parks.  

She married Jesse Owens on April 2, 1950 in Holmes County, MS, they were later divorced.

Nellie worked in Housekeeping at John Deere Co. for many years, retiring in 2009. 

She was a member of Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, where she was an usher and choir member over 50 years. She enjoyed church, working in the church kitchen and humming hymns.

Survived by: two sons, Jesse Owens, Jr. of MS, Earnest (Ellen) Owens of Waterloo; five daughters, Posey McCellan of Aurora, CO, Patrisha “Tudda” (Arthur) Johnson of Waterloo, Peggy “Cookie” Owens of Waterloo, Linda “Mookie” Owens of Waterloo and Wanda (Dexter) James of Waterloo; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; twelve great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Posey LeFlore of Waterloo.

Preceded in death by: her parents; two grandchildren, LaKisha Williams and Jamar Owens; five sisters, Eva Parks, Mayola Hemet, Rhoda Cunningham, Willie B. Stewart and Louise Horton; three brothers, Charles, Earl and Harris Parks; and a daughter-in-law, Patricia Owens.

Kearns Funeral Service Kimball Chapel is in charge of arrangements 319-233-3146.  

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  1. Jacqui Polk | Jan 25, 2021

    Sending all my Love and Prayers to You-all. 

    Mother Nellie will be greatly missed.

    I'm Praying that God would give you comfort during the days to come.

    All My Love,

    Jacqui Polk and Family

  2. Marsha & Isaiah | Jan 21, 2021
    Thinking of you all and praying God stays being your Peace, Comfort & Guide. Love you all! ❤️
  3. Cynthia Smith-Balark | Jan 19, 2021
    My thoughts and prayers to the family of Mother Owens. May God comfort you during your time of bereavement.

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