CANTON – Betty Burress Owen, 87, passed away on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, at Western North Carolina Baptist Home in Asheville.

Betty was born in the Cruso community and was the daughter of the late Major and Zora Hughes Burress. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Cass Owen, who died in 2006.

Betty was a graduate of Bethel High School Class of 1951 and a 1954 graduate of the Rutherford School of Nursing where she obtained her registered nursing degree. She spent most of her nursing career working in the operating room at Alamance Memorial Hospital in Burlington.

After retirement, she returned to her home community of Bethel where she lived throughout the remainder of her life. Betty was of the Baptist faith and was a member of Encouraging Word Baptist Church.

She is survived by two sons, Stephen Owen (Andrea) of Boone and Joseph Owen (Ken) of Weaverville; one brother, Billy Burress (Frances) of Bethel; two grandchildren, Grace and Pia Owen; two nieces and other numerous cherished family members.

A private family graveside service will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lewy Body Dementia Association, Inc., 912 Killian Hill Road S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047.

The care of Mrs. Owen has been entrusted to Wells Funeral Homes of Canton and an online memorial register is available at “Obituaries” at

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