Canzada Owens

Canzada Owens, 96, of Independence MO passed away at home with her Grandaughter, Jessica while in the care of Crossroads Hospice. Family will have a small graveside service in Smoky Junction TN at a later date.

Canzada was born in Smoky Junction TN on August 26,1924 to parents, Frank and Mary Elizabeth Cross.  She graduated from Norma High School.   After WWII, she married the love of her life, Dilmon Owens Jr. (Junior)  They raised their 2 children in Miamisburg Ohio. She was an active member of the 1st Baptist Church of Miamisburg.  After her husband passed away at an early age in 1973, she learned to drive and made a living by babysitting for several families.  Later, she volunteered over 1000 hours at Sycamore Hospital and the local Senior Center.  She enjoyed years of traveling with groups of senior adults from her church and senior center.  Canzada was described by family and friends as gentle and kind, soft spoken and guiding others to Christ.    Proverbs 31:28-30 NIV says: Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all. Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

She moved from Miamisburg OH to Independence MO in 2017.   She attended Connection Point Baptist Church and assisted in 1st grade children’s choir. She was surrounded with love, children, and silly times. Her last outing was with 5 generations sitting around a bonfire, singing and eating messy s’mores just 2 weeks prior to her passing.

She was preceded in death by her Mother and Father Frank and Mary Elizabeth Cross,  Her husband Dilmon Owens Jr., Her Brothers, Ovie and Bratcher,  and Her Sisters, Pearl, Navada, and Nora.

Canzada will be greatly missed by her Daughter Sandra Baker, Son Samuel (Bonnie) Owens, Her brothers, Arnold (Dot) Cross and Odell Cross, Her sisters Zora Burress and Evelyn Lowe,  5 granddaughters Jessica Dawes, Angela (Troy) Culbertson, April (Keith) Berry,  Jennifer (Grant) Hatfield, and Rebecca (Billy) Cantrell.  2 step grandsons Troy (Meg) Zimpfer and Scott Zimpfer, 13 great grandchildren, 4 step great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren, lots of extended family and friends too numerous to name.

She will be greatly missed! But God promises in Revelation 21:4-5 KJV: And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Behold, I make all things new.


  1. Debbie Fisher on March 27, 2021 at 9:34 am

    I was just thinking of “Miss Owens” this morning and how it seems that I have always known her. She was a strong woman, enduring the death of her husband and rearrangement of her life with grace and contentment. She was soft-spoken and gentle, nothing like us Carters! But I have watched her age so powerfully- it was obvious that God’s strength was magnified in her life every day. You all have a wonderful example, by her, of what it means to be a Christian woman and you’re so blessed to have spent so many days with her. Let’s all be more like her, and so be more like Him, and teach our children to do the same. Sending all my love and sympathy to you all.

  2. Melody Bruns on March 27, 2021 at 4:14 pm

    I met her at choir rehearsal with grand daughter, Jessica.
    Such a sweet peaceful lady.

  3. Larry and Joyce Owens on March 28, 2021 at 10:03 am

    We are so sorry for your family’s loss. Aunt Canzada was very special ,kind, gentle and so much more. We always were so happy when she could attend our family reunions. Larry especially loved her Molasses cookies.

  4. Carson Myrtle on March 30, 2021 at 12:16 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. She will be greatly missed. She was my dad, Laford Massengale’s niece. I don’t think I ever met her, but I know she was a wonderful person like all her sisters & brothers. RIP.

  5. Victoria Wagner Smith on June 10, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    Im so glad my Gg is pain free & dancing in heaven now. I’ll see her after while..

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