VENICE NADEEN OWENS
Our Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, and sister, Venice Nadeen Owens peacefully passed away in the early morning of November 28, 2018 at Cascadia of Boise after a long battle of poor health. She was 82 years old.
Nadeen was born on January 30, 1936, in Wendell, Idaho. She was the oldest of 5 girls born to Samuel Glenn Shaffer and Fern Laraine Boyer Shaffer. Always responsible, she was looked up to by her 4 younger sisters. Nadeen moved with two of her younger sisters to Seattle, Washington, during World War ll and later the family moved to Boise, Idaho where two more sisters were born. She lived in Boise the rest of her life.
Nadeen graduated from Boise High School and was attending beauty school when she met the love of her life, Don Douglas Owens. It didn’t take long for them to realize that they were in love, and on August 3, 1955 they were married for Time and all Eternity in the Idaho Falls Temple and were married for 63 years.
Five children blessed their lives. Their first child was their only daughter, their special angel, Donnette, followed by four sons: Glenn Shaffer, Matthew Douglas, Bart Wade, and James Wallace.
Life in the Owens home was always an adventure. Don was a fireman and away a lot, so Nadeen had the responsibility of raising a special needs daughter and four very active boys. She taught them to love the Lord and all four sons completed a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Money was tight but both Nadeen and Don managed with Don always working two jobs and Nadeen being creative to stretch their resources.
Nadeen has so many virtues but her most obvious was her dedication and love of her family. She cared for her father-in-law for many years and was always concerned for her own mother especially after her father died. She never forgot a birthday or a special occasion and never expected anyone to reciprocate. She loved to sew, garden, be with family and friends, and do Family History. Nadeen held many church callings but she really did shine at being the compassionate service leader where she took hundreds of meals to people in need.
In her last days she spent most of her time in the hospital where she became everyone’s favorite patient. She would always ask how they were doing even though she was the one in constant pain. She became a missionary as she expressed to everyone her Testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ and her love of Heavenly Father. Each day she would remind her family that they were an Eternal Family.
In reflecting Nadeen’s life it could be said of her that she was faithful, grateful, kind, obedient, strong, courageous, generous, forgiving, selfless, loved unconditionally, full of Charity and as one Bishop said, “Nadeen was a woman without guile.” The family always said she was an angel and now she is.
Nadeen was preceded in death by her father, Samuel Glenn Shaffer and her sister Kay Shaffer Stout, a daughter-in-law Vicki Cornell Owens, and two brothers-in-law, Robert Thomas Stout and Kent Eugene Taylor. Nadeen is survived by her Beloved husband, Don Owens, daughter Donnette, son Glenn Owens (Condra) of Meridian, son Matt Owens of Boise, son Bart Owens of Boise, and son James Owens (Shannon)of Noblesville, Indiana, 12 grandchildren, two great-grandsons, her 102 year old mother Fern Boyer Shaffer and three sisters Glenda Shaffer Taylor of St George, Utah, Susan Shaffer Perry (Dave) of Boise, Mary Dawn Basler (Dan) of Boise and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, December 7, 2018 at the Boise West Stake Center, 3700 S. Maple Grove Rd., Boise. Family will greet friends on Friday afternoon from 12:00 to 12:45 p.m. at the church prior to the services. Burial will follow in the Meridian Cemetery.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Applewood Assisted Living and Cascadia of Boise for their compassionate care. In leu of flowers it was Nadeen’s wish that donations be made to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Humanitarian Fund.