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Sarah G. Owen – Grosse Pointe News

Sarah G Owen

Sarah G. Owen, 78, passed away Saturday, April 20, 2024, at Henry Ford Hospital Detroit from acute myeloid leukemia.

Sally was a lifelong resident of Grosse Pointe. She attended Maire Elementary, Pierce Middle, and Grosse Pointe high schools, graduating in 1963. She graduated from Michigan State University in 1967 and began her career as a teacher in the Detroit Public Schools district and in Louisville, Kentucky, public schools . She returned to her roots in Michigan and worked in various service roles in the nonprofit sector, including Boys Republic, American Heart Association and Metro Detroit Youth Clubs, where Sally was senior vice president of development. She was MDYC’s first recipient of the Sally Owen Professional of the Year Award in 2016.

In addition to her nonprofit roles, Sally shared her extensive professional skills and her encouragement and enthusiasm with both organizations and individuals. She was a member of Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, served on the Stewardship Board and volunteered with various community projects.

Sally enjoyed meeting people and making new friends throughout her life. She had an ever-present sense of humor and a generous spirit. Growing up, Sally grew to love the outdoors as a camper and camp counselor, and she enjoyed spending time with family and cousins ​​up north, especially on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Sally is survived by her sister, Debby Owen (John Boris); brother, Chip (Diane); brother-in-law, Jim Moore; cousin, Will Owen (Brenna); niece, Bess Owen (Charles Motschall); great-niece, Quinn Owen; and great-nephew, Rory Owen. Sally was predeceased by her parents, Walt and Betty; and sister, Betsy Moore.

Services will be held Saturday, May 18, at 11 a.m. at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. Donations in Sally’s memory may be made to Metro Detroit Youth Clubs, miclubs.org.