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Obituary for Martha Jane Owens

On Friday December 1, 2023, God gently touched the hand of Martha Owens as she passed away peacefully surrounded by family, friends, and love. She was born September 3rd, 1931, in Baltimore, MD. She is the daughter of the late Willie Boone and Eva Warren. She was exceptional in her field as a nurse at Lake Taylor Hospital, where she worked as a wound specialist for over 30 years.

Martha provided compassionate care to patients from all walks of life and various circumstances. Her commitment to her patients made her a model caregiver and a true champion.

Martha was predeceased by her sons Mark Brown I and Edward L. Brown, Jr. Her brothers Alfred, Lafayette, Leon, Randolph, and William Boone.

Martha is survived by her children Judy Brown, Valerie Brown, Robin Hairston, Bunny Hairston, Michael Owens, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, her sisters Gloria Boone, and Constance Vinny and a host of friends.

A public viewing will be held on Thursday, December 7th, 2023, from 2pm to 6pm at Graves Funeral Home in Norfolk, Virginia.

The Wake will be from 6-7pm. A Celebration of Martha's life will take place on Friday, December 8th, at 11am at Olive Grove Baptist Church, located at 1034 Albert Avenue, Norfolk, Virginia 23513. Reverend Dr. Larry Williams, Sr. will be officiating.

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The interment will be at Calvary Cemetery, Norfolk Virginia.