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Crossroads' oldest resident dies at age 110

By JR Ortega
April 5, 2012 at 11:02 p.m.
Updated April 5, 2012 at 11:06 p.m.

Tamer Lee Brooks Owens gets her birthday crown on Feb.18 during a party that celebrated her 110th birthday. Owens died Wednesday.

Tamer Lee Brooks Owens gets her birthday crown on Feb.18 during a party that celebrated her 110th birthday. Owens died Wednesday.

To say the death of Tamer Lee Brooks Owens would leave a hole is an understatement - after all, not many today can say they remember World War I or when 1,514 people died in the Titanic's sinking.

The Crossroads lost Owens, its oldest resident at the age of 110, early Wednesday morning.

Her family remains firm that Owens' time had finally come.

"She was tired," said niece Betty Hicks, of Port Lavaca. "I knew she was ready to go home."

Owens was born in Edna on Feb. 15, 1902, to Riley and Georgianna Edward Brooks. She was the daughter of a farmer and was the eighth of 13 children.

She moved to Victoria in 1942, had married three times, and her last husband died in the 1970s. She never had children.

Long ago, Owens had made peace with her centenarian status.

"I know I'm not going to live another 30 or 40 years, but I'm not scared," Owens said during her 102 birthday celebration in 2004.

The feisty personality was something typical, said Hicks, 67, who is the daughter of Owens' youngest sister, Mary.

"She didn't mind speaking her peace," Hicks said, laughing.

Rose Resuriz was Owens' head nurse at Victoria Nursing and Rehab.

Owens suffered a fall two and half years ago and moved to the nursing home for assistance in her daily activities.

Prior to that she lived in the same house she moved to in 1942.

Resuriz said she and others were happy to have her.

"She was very bubbly," Resuriz said. "She had a good sense of humor. She was a wonderful person and she was as sharp as a tack."

Owens touched many lives in her 110 years, Hicks said.

Life was easy for Owens - she loved the Lord and read the Bible before even washing up in the morning.

She was a member of Palestine Baptist Church, where her funeral will take place, and enjoyed singing the hymns, especially "Guard Me O' Thou Great Jehovah."

She never smoked or drank alcohol, and every morning she drank a concoction of honey, vinegar and garlic for good health.

Whatever it was that kept Owens alive, Hicks said, she is glad because Owens had the chance to form more memories.

For instance, nothing could compare to Owens' cobbler and sugar cookies, she said.

"It's going to be hard," Hicks said. "That space is gonna be empty, but you've got to fill it up."



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