Elizabeth A. (Rist) Owren, 95, passed away Tuesday, September 4, 2018 after a brief stay at Pleasant Bay Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Brewster, MA. Born March 16, 1923 in Minneapolis, Minn. to James and Mary (Parker) Rist, she was a Mid-Western girl through and through. She was kind, compassionate, loving and hard working. After being raised in both Minneapolis and the prairies of North Dakota, she graduated high school and then earned her Nursing Certificate in 1943 from Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis. Soon after, she joined the Army Air Corps to help the war effort during World War II and served her active duty in Luzon, Philippines caring for physically and emotionally wounded GIs.
At an officer’s dance before going overseas, she met Gilbert T. Owren. Remembering that night she said “When he held me in his arms I knew that’s where I was meant to be.” They married soon after the war in 1946. They made their home in New Providence, N.J. and raised four children while she continued her nursing career at Runnells Hospital in Berkley Heights, N.J. until her retirement in 1988.
In the 1950s, after a few summers vacationing with relatives in Chatham, they finally purchased a summer home of their own in 1957. It was a 245 year old farm house on five acres in North Chatham which soon became the hub of the family, and remains so to this day. Golden memories at Elmway Farm continue to be made four generations later. Nine years after her husband, Gil, passed away, Elizabeth (Betty) moved to the farm permanently in 2004.
Elizabeth is survived by sons: Gilbert Jr. and Renee (Parker) of North Chatham, Robert and Leslie (Cuthbertson) of Marshfield, John and Cindy (Vellucci) of Charlotte, N.C. and daughter Ann (Owren) and Sam Hasney of Manahawkin, N.J. She was also known as “Mimi” and will be remembered by her six grandchildren: Cate (with Zac), Anna (with Justin), Blair (with Ted), Toby (with Megan), Lara, and John, and eight great-grandchildren: Elliott, Stella, Evangeline, Wilhelmina, Luke, Brynn, Reese, and Marjorie. Elizabeth lived a full life, was well loved, and will be missed by all.
A private family memorial and celebration will be held at a later date. For online condolences, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com.