Oneita Kay (Guthrie) Owenby
Oneita Kay Owenby (nee Guthrie), 65, of Everett, WA, passed away suddenly on March 2, 2014. Oneita was born on October 7, 1948, in Cashmere, WA to Ernest and Velma Guthrie. Oneita graduated from Cashmere High School in 1966, and was married to Marc Owenby on July 21, 1973, recently celebrating their 40th Wedding Anniversary. Oneita worked as a dental assistant in Seattle, WA to Dr. Gilbert for many years and then took some time out of the workforce to be a stay-at-home mom to her two children. While her children were young, Oneita began working for Everett School District at Jackson Elementary for 12 years as a Parapro and reading specialist. She loved to read to the children and teach them how to read. While working for the school, Oneita received the Golden Acorn Award, which was a huge honor and cherished recognition. In 1994, Oneita began working as an Administrative Assistant at First Baptist Church of Everett, working for another 12 years, before retiring in 2006 in anticipation of the birth of her twin grandchildren, who would become her most cherished ‘career’. While enjoying life as a grandmother, Oneita was not only a life partner with her husband, but a business partner as well, helping to build her husband’s automotive repair shop, ONB Automotive in Everett. Marc was so happy to retire early and spend the last three years of Oneita’s life with her daily, where they spent their time traveling, enjoying summers at Lake Chelan with family, and spending time with their children and grandchildren. Oneita was an avid book lover, movie watcher, Seahawks fan, and cancer survivor.
Oneita is survived by her father, Ernest Guthrie; mother-in-law, Bess Odegard; sister-in-law, Linda Martin (Bob); siblings, JR Guthrie (Kathy), Jim Guthrie, and D’Lynn Davis (Aaron); children, Zach Owenby and Megan (Jason) Bjazevich (ne;e Owenby); grandchildren, Aiden and Madison Bjazevich; and her husband, the love of her life, Marc Owenby.
A Memorial Service was held at First Baptist Church in Everett, WA (1616 Pacific Ave) on Thursday, March 6, 2014, with a light reception to follow.