Yvonne Owens Criswell

Yvonne Marie Owens Criswell

Tuesday July 15, 1952 - Tuesday October 8, 2019
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Yvonne Marie Criswell-Owens was born in Greenville, South Carolina, on July 15, 1952, to the union of Minnie Kilgore and Luver Criswell. She moved to Boston,Massachusetts with her family in the early 1960s.

As a child, Yvonne joined the Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury, Massachusetts. She was formally educated within public schools in the Boston metropolitan area, graduating from Wellesley Senior High School (Wellesley, MA) in 1970. She later received a certificate in nursing from the Newton-Wellesley Hospital School (Newton, MA) in 1981.

After moving back to Greenville in 1981, Yvonne married Laurence A. Owens, Jr. The couple went on to welcome two children into their home: Matthew and Jessica. Her children remember her as loving mother who always encouraged them to pursue their goals.

Yvonne entered employment at the Greenville Memorial Hospital in 1981. She worked as an accomplished nurse for 35 years, receiving much recognition for her profound commitment to patient care and professional development. She was a dedicated member of the New Pilgrim Baptist Church, serving for many years as a Sunday School teacher and chairperson of the church’s Health and Media ministries.

Yvonne departed this life on Tuesday, October 8, 2019. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and a sister, Carolyn Criswell. She is survived by her children, Matthew C. Owens (Central, SC) and Jessica A. Owens (Mauldin, SC); her siblings, Betty J. Walker (Dorchester, MA), Anita L. Criswell (Dorchester, MA), and Willie E. Criswell (Quincy, MA); and a host of loving relatives and friends.

She is remembered as a studious individual with a passion for thorough knowledge. She had a specific zeal for Biblical theology and was known to spend countless hours researching various scriptures and topics.

In addition to her intellectual pursuits, Yvonne was an avid traveler with a well-known enthusiasm for cruising. Though she had many unaccomplished voyages at the time of her transition, we are comforted knowing she has reached the perfect destination in the presence of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Sunday October 13, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Sunday October 13, 2019 2:00pm
    New Pilgrim Baptist Church
    105 Bethany Road
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  • Interment

    New Pilgrim Baptist Church
    105 Bethany Road
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Posted at 11:45am
Merry Christmas in Heaven Yvonne! You just don't know how much you're truly missed and how much I miss seeing your Christmas tree all lit up in the window up front... I think of you often and step out on my back deck and whisper to you how much your beautiful face is missed! I know you're celebrating the birth of Christ with Him in person, just in a different format then we are down here. Please tell Jesus I say Happy Birthday!

Susan Smith

Posted at 12:25pm
Thinking of this beautiful lady today!

Susan Smith

Posted at 04:19pm
My sweet Yvonne! I miss you more than you know. I really loved reading and discussing the bible with you. Yvonne really loved our Lord and Savior, She was a great woman of faith and dearly loved her church, church family, family and friends! She has shown me so much strength and courage over the years. My condolences to the family and to all that knew and loved her! What a sweet sweet family she has. Once you meet them it's as if you already had known them for years. My days will not be the same without you here. I met Yvonne back in 1993 when I moved in the house next door to her. She baked me a pie and welcomed me to the neighborhood! Matthew And Jessica my deepest sympathy, you two will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Susan Smith

Bernice Wright

Posted at 08:14pm
Thinking of you and wishing you hope in the midst of sorrow, comfort in the midst of pain. Yvonne will be truly missed!

Linda Drummond Posted at 11:11am

Yvonne and I were co-worker among many others, we worked together for 37 years, I did not know she was in pain until a few years she carried it well. We were one big family on 4-B at then GMH. She will be greatly missed, her two children say close lookout for each one GOD BLESS YOU!!!

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