Sept. 21, 1950 — July 14, 2021 (age 70)
NEW CASTLE — Linda Diane Crawford Owens, 70, passed away July 14 at UPMC Jameson Hospital. She was surrounded by loved ones.
Mrs. Owens was born Sept. 21, 1950 in New Castle to Leroy Crawford and Ethel Julia Tilden Crawford.
She attended Lawrence County Vocational Technical High School where she was involved in many activities including public speaking for which she won first place in a speech contest.
As a young adult, she was active in the community organization Young Gifted and Black.
She was a member of First Baptist Church in Chewton, Pa.
She was the first African-American to work for Universal Rundle.
She also worked for various other organizations, including Liberty Mutual and Youth Development Center for which she worked for decades before retiring.
She embarked on a variety of entrepreneurial endeavors. As a serial entrepreneur, she enjoyed sales initiatives, including serving as a Tupperware consultant for more than 20 years.
Mrs. Owens was an avid, gifted seamstress and crafter. In addition to sewing and arts and crafts, she enjoyed many other hobbies, including playing board games, card games, thrifting and researching history and genealogy.
She loved to bake and was well known for her cookies, pies and other sweet treats. Many lined up for her famous sweet potato pie as she always ‘owed’ a pie or two to family and friends who requested.
She had a keen interest in African culture and heritage, enjoying an African-centered design aesthetic and cultural events.
Linda was married to John Owens Sr.
She is survived by her husband; children Shauna Cox of Chicago, Michael Cox of New Castle, Renee Cox of New Castle, Chezelle Cox of Dallas, John Cox of New Castle, Fawn Cox of New Castle and Wesley Cox of New Castle; stepchildren John Owens of New Castle, Ray Owens of New Castle and Gladys Owens of New Castle; brothers John (Terri) Crawford of New Castle and Daryl Crawford of Washington, Pa.; grandchildren Bryce, Daylin, Jamiya, Avary, Terrell, Kameron, Julian, Drew, Sheldon, Jaylan, Caden, Kai, Johnny, Takeo, Tautyauna, Sloan, Wesley, Cruise, Michael, Jasmine, Dalaysia, Darian, Mariah, Avionne, Brandon and Torrence; and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was community elder who served in a “mother” and “grandmother” role to many.
Calling hours will be Tuesday (July 27) from 11 a.m. to noon in J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 111 W. Falls St., New Castle. A Funeral service will begin at noon with Rev. Jamie Holmes and Rev. Sam Holmes officiating.