Kyung Bok Owens

Kyung Bok Owens

Thursday, May 9th, 1935 Sunday, April 19th, 2020

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Obituary for Kyung Bok Owens

Kyung Bok Owens, 84, of Chambersburg, PA, passed away at Menno Haven Rehabilitation Sunday morning, April 19, 2020. Born May 9, 1935 in North Korea. After the separation of Korea and the death of her father Ing No Cha, she and her mother, Jung Sa Lee, heroically defected to South Korea after a harrowing escape from North Korea.

Kyung Bok was affectionately known as “Cha,” dedicated her life to raising her four children along with her late husband, Albert S. Owens (d. October 2, 2000), whose U.S. Army assignments moved them across the globe, including Korea where they met. She was talented, vivacious, and spunky. She loved playing Korean cards, crocheting, needlework, and spoke three languages.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert S. Owens, her granddaughter, Jasmine Cleope, and her grandson, Jason Owens.

She is survived by four children, Linda Porter, of Kill Devil Hills NC, Diane Watson husband Carl W. of Chambersburg PA, Kim Ricks of Chambersburg and Michael Owens and wife Lisa of Annapolis MD; 8 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grand son.

She will be laid to rest alongside her husband in Arlington National Cemetery. There will be a Celebration of her life at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask a donation to be made to St. Jude’s Hospital for Children or Waynesboro Korean Church, 12767 Buchanan Trail East, Waynesboro PA. 17268. In loving memory of Kyung Bok Owens.

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Terry and Doug Gardner, Ruthie and Neil Stevenson

In loving memory of Cha! The joyful, vivacious , mother of four wonderful children. One of our greatest joys was to share a meal that she cooked!
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Comment | Posted at 04:49pm via Memorial Tree

Lynda Wood

We loved Cha. She was so vivacious and full of love and generosity. We were fortunate to meet Cha at our friend and neighbor's house Linda Porter. She would always invite us for an authentic and fantastic Korean meal. The food was marvelous and the fellowship was outstanding. We will always remember Cha with kindness and love. So very sorry for your great loss.
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Ida Smith

I am so sorry to hear this wonder-sounding lady has passed on. But she left a lasting legacy in her numerous family members. 💗
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