Denise Lynn Owens, 56, of Ottawa, Kansas, passed away Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, surrounded by family at her home.

To celebrate Denise’s life, the family will greet friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, at the Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, 325 S. Hickory, Ottawa. Memorial contributions may be made to Denise Owens Memorial Fund and sent in c/o the Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 14, Ottawa, KS 66067. Condolences may be sent to the family through www.lamb-roberts.com.

She was born July 21, 1962, in Fort Fairfield, Maine, the daughter of Frederick E. Dionne and Kathleen J. (Snover) Dionne. She grew up and attended schools in Maine and Connecticut.

On Jan. 26, 1980, she was united in marriage to Mark I. Owens in Naugatuck, Connecticut. They shared over 38 years of marriage.

They moved to Kansas in 1995. Denise worked at the Ottawa Wal-Mart in the electronics department as manager for over 10 years. She later worked as a cook at the Central Heights School in Richmond, Kansas. Denise currently was an assistant store manager at Dollar General in Ottawa, Kansas.

Denise enjoyed crafts, especially working with plastic canvas. She also enjoyed playing Yahtzee and Cribbage with family and friends. While working at the school, she enjoyed interacting with the kids. Denise will be remembered for her strong and spunky personality, spending time with her family and her smile shining the brightest, while holding her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Mark Owens, of the home; her daughter, Vicki L. Maurer and her husband, Christopher, of Springfield, Missouri; two grandchildren, Jaydin and Gabriella Maurer; two sisters, Melanie Dionne and Susan Frable, both of Richmond, Kansas; two brothers, John Dionne and wife, Penny, of Ottawa; and Fred Dionne and wife, Helen, of Oakley; her mother, Kathleen J. Dionne, of Richmond, Kansas; grandmother, Joni Smoke of Florida; several aunts and uncles; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mrs. Owens was preceded in death by her father, Fred Dionne; two sisters, Renee and Renell Dionne; a brother-in-law, Paul Frable; her grandparents, Mildred and Robert Snover, and Madeline and George Dionne.