Mary Elaine Owens

October 6, 1930 ~ April 4, 2022 (age 91)


Vassar- Mary “Elaine” Owens, age 91, our loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away on Monday, April 4, 2022 in Swartz Creek, MI.

Mary was born in Bay City, MI on October 6, 1930 to parents Roland and Mary Schultz. She graduated Vassar High School with the Class of 1948. In July of 1956 she married her late husband George Ray Owens. Together they had 36 wonderful years of marriage. Mary worked for Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, MI for 20 years. She also ran her own restaurant in Vassar, MI called “Mama Bears” for 5 years. Mary was known to be a great cook but especially known for her potato salad, and homemade pies. When Mary wasn’t cooking or working, she loved to sew. She was known to be the “family organizer” . Everyone went to her to plan all the big events happening. Above all Mary just loved to be with her family. She will be missed dearly.

Mary is forever loved by her children: Paul (Debie) Baxter, Brenda (William) Cook, and Steven Owens (Barb Warnke); five grandchildren: Steven (Courtney) Owens, Shannon Owens, Mark Wolverton (Jess Day), James (Amy) Baxter and Ryan Owens; sister: Lora Callender, as well as several nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Welcoming Mary home to Heaven are her parents, Roland and Mary; husband, George “Ray” Owens; siblings: William Schultz, Rose Stratton, and baby brother Eugene.  

Mary’s family will welcome guests to Hanlin Funeral Home (4823 Main St. Millington, MI 48746) on Sunday, April 10, 2022, from 4-8 p.m. A funeral for Mary will be held at Hanlin Funeral Home on Monday, April 11, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.; additional visitation from 10-11 a.m. Pastor Dave Boillat will be officiating the service. 

In lieu of flowers please make a memorial contribution in Mary’s name to either the Saginaw Rescue Mission or Whaley Children’s Center.

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Mary and her family are in the care of Hanlin Funeral Home. Serving Since 1928. 4823 Main St., Millington, MI 48746. (989)871-4591.


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April 10, 2022

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hanlin Funeral Home
4823 W. Main St.
Millington, MI 48746

Funeral Service
April 11, 2022

11:00 AM
Hanlin Funeral Home
4823 W. Main St.
Millington, MI 48746

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