Sydnee Owens - November 30, 2012Sydnee Faith Owens, 14, of Aurora, went to her eternal home on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, after a courageous 6-1/2 year battle with cancer.
A Celebration of Life is planned for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Monroe Evangelical Free Church near Phillips. Rev. Marshall Erickson will officiate. Burial will be at 3 p.m. at the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the Monroe Evangelical Free Church, 1001 West 18 Road, Phillips. The family invites everyone to wear pink to the service, in honor of Sydnee’s favorite color.
Memorials may be made to Wells for Haiti or to the family for future designation. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Sydnee Faith Owens was born on July 10, 1998, in Lincoln. She grew up in Aurora and attended Hampton Lutheran School until she was diagnosed with HLH and Lymphoma in between the 1st and 2nd grade. Sydnee loved to clog, play sports, ride her bike, and swim. She also loved to play games and do crafts. Sydnee was the most giving child. At a young age she would take all her birthday money and buy gifts for her siblings and put in the offering plate. Her love for others continued even through her sickest of times. Sydnee spent her own money to buy gift bags for the other transplant patients after her bone marrow transplant in 2008. Her love for her brothers’ native land, Haiti, was always on her heart. Sydnee spearheaded a foundation called, Wells for Haiti. Her sisters joined her efforts and together they raised over $15,000 to date, in hopes to bring water to every person there. The greatest love of her life was her best friend, her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Even in her darkest days she showed everyone around her, through her smile and loving spirit the hope, joy, peace and love that they could have in knowing Jesus Christ as their Savior.
Those left to cherish Sydnee’s memory are her dad, Nicholas Owens; mom, Nicole Owens; sisters, Kaitlyn, 16, Grayce, 12; brothers, Mackenson, 9, Kendrick, 7, all of Aurora; grandparents, Bert Owen of Alma; Dennis and Kathy Johnson of Comstock; Larry and Sonja Beitel of Sargent; great-grandparents, Lyle (Pops) and Maxine (Tools) Teel of Central City; Raymond Owens of Arcadia; Ola Jean Danielson of Lincoln; aunts and uncles, Candi and her husband Will Kirwan and daughters, Alana, Jamie, Tristan and Karson of Comstock; Dustin Owens and his wife Shonda and children, Alex and Emily of Wylie, Texas; Bodie Owens and wife Arianne and children, Thor and Calista of Omaha; Levi Johnson of Comstock; Hallie Johnson of Kearney; Jeffery Beitel and wife Cindy and children, Isaac and Ellianna of Elkhorn; Natalie (Beitel) and husband Mike and children, Peyton and Presley of Elkhorn; second cousin Emmitt; special friends, Ryan and Vanessa Potter and daughter, Natalie of Omaha, Joe and Jill Sandmeier and son, Jake of Aurora, Cal and Sara Strong and son, Connor of Aurora, Jared and Mickey Tomich and her beloved Dr. Don Coulter.
Sydnee was preceded in death by great-grandparents, Clarence and Rose Beitel, Vance Danielson, Mary Ann Owens; grandpa, Richard Owens and friend, Alyssa Sandmeier.