Active in timber industry issues; sat on numerous boards,
Rose Marie Owens of Hayfork passed away on Dec. 12, 2019, at Shasta Estates in Redding at the age of 85. She was born in McCloud, Calif., to Victor Hawkins and Bernice Belden Hawkins, on Oct. 9, 1934, as the third of five sisters.
She came to the Hayfork Valley when her father Victor Hawkins, along with his five brothers, moved all of their families from Dana, Calif., to open the Hawkins Brothers Sawmill. She met Lonnie while she was working at a café and he was in town working a summer job at her family’s sawmill. It wasn’t long before both of their lives would change forever. They were married in 1950. Her determination and drive were evident early when, as a young mother of two, she attended night school and graduated with her class from Trinity High in 1952.
Rose lived a life of service to her family and community, always working to make the lives of those around her better. The forests of Trinity County were close to her heart, where she hunted, fished, rode horses and worked. She traveled to Sacramento and Washington, D.C., many times advocating for the lumber industry and the people who depend on it. She had a talent for helping public and private agencies work together, serving on the boards of the Trinity County Fair Association, the Trinity Public Utilities District, the Trinity County Resource Conservation District and California School Employees Association.
After retiring from the Trinity County Office of Education where she worked in the business department for 27 years, Rose found herself volunteering at the Roderick Senior Citizens Center on a regular basis. She loved the center and its mission, and it wasn’t long before she was asked to serve as the director where she did so for many years. Rose never met an obstacle she didn’t find a way around, over or through until her health declined. She will be missed and by many but most greatly by her grateful family who loved her dearly.
Rose is survived by her husband of 69 years, Lonnie Owens; her daughter Lynda Cavanagh Olson and her husband, Doug Olson of Aptos, Calif.; her son John M. Owens and his wife Barbara of Cottonwood, Calif.; grandchildren Nathan Cavanagh, Brady Cavanagh, Garren Owens, Josh Owens, Delaney Owens, Elizabeth Fry and Kaylyn Owens; and four beautiful great-grandchildren, Harlyn, Mia, Lev and Jefferson.
Rose was predeceased by her youngest son Brad Harlen Owens.
Services will be held at a later date. Should friends desire, contributions may be made to the Roderick/Hayfork Senior Center.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Allen and Dahl Funeral Chapel, Redding.