April Owens 1985-2019
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April Owens (Miller) peacefully left this world on December 12, 2019 in the arms of her beloved husband, surrounded by her family, in the comfort of the home that she and her husband made together.
April was born March 4, 1985 in Worcester, Massachusetts. She attended Holy Name High School in Worcester and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and Psychology from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.
April had a passion for running and could often be found running through the streets of Utica or in local road races such as the Boilermaker and Falling Leaves. She also had a passion for health & wellness. Through extensive research, April became somewhat of an expert in alternative health and loved providing information and guidance to friends and family who came to her for advice.
April found her calling when she took an entry level position with the Mohawk Valley Perinatal Network in Utica, NY. After only 4 years, she rose to the level of Executive Director, a position that she held for 2 years until declining health left her unable to work.
April is survived by her adoring husband, Colin Owens and their 3 year-old Yorkie, Brady, of Utica; her parents, Jeffrey & Laura Miller and sisters Ashleigh Miller & Brittany (Steven) Spano, all of Massachusetts; biological father, Gerald Davis and brothers Stephen & Daith Davis, all of Tennessee; her parent, in-laws, Judy Owens-Manley & Brian Manley and Robert & Karla Owens, sister and brother in laws, Jessica Owens and Patrick and Brandi Owens; treasured nieces and nephews, a large extended family and many intimate friends.
April is pre-deceased by her grandmothers, Arline Jobin & Sandy Thibault and her grandfather, Ferdinand Jobin.
The family welcomes everyone to pay their respects at Orchard Hall in Sauquoit, NY, beginning at 10:30 am on Saturday, Dec. 21st and to stay for a brief Celebration of Life ceremony. April will be cremated and her ashes scattered on the beaches of Hawaii. After visiting once, April said, “Once you have seen Hawaii, why would you ever go anywhere else?”
Donations in April’s memory may be made to The Neighborhood Center on behalf of the Mohawk Valley Perinatal Program, where April gave her heart and soul for 6 years. Also please consider Hospice & Palliative Care (www.hospicecareinc.org).
To view April’s online memorial, please go to www.smith-funeralhome.com.