Sara E. “Betsy” Owenby


Sara E. “Betsy” Owenby, 79, a lifelong resident of Cleveland, passed away on Friday afternoon, Jan. 19, 2018, at a local health care facility.

She was born on July 25, 1938, the second child to the late Edna Elkins Kibble and Dewey Kibble.

She graduated from Bradley Central High School in 1956. She went on to marry the love of her life, Robert Owenby, on July 5, 1958.

Betsy loved to read and travel, and always had a great love for animals. She was a member of Tasso United Methodist Church since 1961, and was very active in the United Methodist Women up until her health began to decline. She will be remembered as a loving woman with a heart for others, and will be missed by all that knew her. 

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Brenda Smith; brothers: James “Jimmy” Kibble and Joseph Kibble; sister, Mary Jane Scoggins; sisters-in-law: Dorthea Owenby, Wanda Pritchett, and Karen Owenby; and brothers-in-law: Kenneth Campbell, Doyle Owenby, William Bryant, and William Pritchett.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her loving husband of 59 years, Robert Owenby; daughter, Beth Kelly and husband, Brian; sister, Clare Ruth Campbell; sisters-in-law: Patricia Kibble and Betty Bryant; brothers-in-law: Kenneth Scoggins and Carl Owenby; son-in-law, Larry Smith; grandchildren: Brandon Smith and wife, Amy, Tayler Woodson and husband, Chris, Isabel and Olive Kelly; and one great-grandson, Bryson Smith.

The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 25, 2018, at Companion Funeral Home, located at 2415 Georgetown Road  N.W., Cleveland, TN 37311.

A celebration of life service will follow the visitation, starting at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Sean Hayden officiating the service. 

Following the service, she will be laid to rest in the Tasso United Methodist Church Cemetery.

You are invited to share a personal memory of Betsy or your condolences with her family at her online memorial located at


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