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Charlene Tempa Owen McDonald

Charlene Tempa Owen McDonald, 83, passed away Monday, March 12, 2018. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Lewis Owen and Roella Hines Owen. Born in Buffalo, NY in 1934, she returned with her family to Greensville County, Virginia in 1937.

She was involved with 4-H for many years and received several awards. She graduated from Greensville County High School in 1953 and then attended VPI (Virginia Tech) and Richmond Professional Institute. She worked for the Virginia Department of Health for 24 years and in 1995 took early retirement.

Mrs. McDonald is survived by her four children, Virginia E. McDonald; John “Chipper” McDonald; Sarah E. Berryman and husband, Steve; and Nettie R. McDonald; two grandchildren, Jessica Owen Day and husband, Ercell and Farren M. Burchett; a sister, Geneva Owen Woodard; three nieces; a nephew and several cousins. She also leaves behind her six beloved cats.

The family will receive friends 12-2 p.m. Wednesday, March 21 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd., Jarratt, Virginia where a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Interment will follow at Emporia Cemetery.

A reception will be held at Monumental United Methodist Church after the interment service.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at

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