Tribute: Susan “Suzy” Lee Watts Owens

Susan "Suzy" Lee Watts Owens, passed away October 2

Susan "Suzy" Lee Watts Owens, Austintown, Ohio - obit

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – On Sunday, October 2, 2016, Susan “Suzy” Lee Watts Owens, of Austintown, Ohio, succumbed to injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident and went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Suzy was born on January 1, 1952 to her cherished parents, Robert and Leona Watts, of McDonald. Being the first born in Trumbull County in 1952, Suzy was awarded the Niles Times Stork Derby prize of which she took great pride throughout her lifetime.

In addition to her parents, Suzy was proceeded in death by her brother, Robert “Bob” Watts; her mother-in-law, Ella Baker Owens and several precious aunts, uncles and cousins.

Suzy leaves behind her loving husband and best friend, Michael “Mike” T. Owens, to whom she was happily married for 45 years. Their many years of marriage were full of romance, selflessness, joy, vacationing, serving God, home making and hosting family and friends in their home. Suzy dedicated her love, time and energy not only to Mike but also to their children, Amy (John) Lightly, Andrea (Scot) Price, Kevin (Christina) and eight grandchildren, Kaleb (19), Wyatt (17), Isaiah (16), Emily (10), MacKenzie (10), Hunter (6), Owen (6) and Wesley (4). Suzy’s had the utmost pride, joy, and love for her children and grandchildren and the loss of her life will leave a great void in their daily lives. Suzy will also be dearly missed by her father-in-law, Jack Owens who loved her as a daughter. Suzy also leaves behind her brother and sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews and many cousins.

Upon a childhood in McDonald, Suzy graduated from McDonald High School in 1974 and earned a Bachelors of Arts in Music Education from Youngstown State University. She devoted 48 years of her life to teaching private piano and voice lessons, as well as sharing her gift and passion for musical arts through teaching at Howland Christian School, Word of Life, Valley Christian School, and finally at Seaborn Elementary and Mineral Ridge Middle School.

She served as pianist for Woodland Methodist Church in McDonald, First Baptist Church of Howland, Grace Baptist Church, and most recently as choir director and pianist for Struthers Parkside Church.

Her love, service for God, humor, smile and zest for life will be missed by her family and many friends.

A Celebration of Suzy’s life will be held at Old North Church in Canfield on Thursday, October 6 at 11:00 a.m., with visitation an hour before the service.

Visitation will also be held at Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard on Wednesday, October 5 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

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A television tribute will air Tuesday, October 4 at the following approximate times:
6:41 a.m. WYTV, 8:41 a.m. MyYTV, 9:58 a.m. on FOX, 12:25 p.m. WKBN, 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV and 10:37 p.m. FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.