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Bette passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home in Alameda.

She was born in Gloucester, Mass., grew up in Quincy, Mass., and graduated from Quincy High School in 1940. Bette married William John "Jack" Owens on July 14, 1945, and they celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary last summer. Bette worked at the Granite Trust Company in Quincy prior to her marriage and then became a homemaker. The couple lived in Hingham, Mass., for 48 years, where they were parishioners of Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church. Bette was also a member of the Hingham Historical Society.

In 2000 Bette and Jack moved to Alameda, to be closer to their daughter and two granddaughters. In Alameda they joined Christ Episcopal Church and also became members of Trinity Seniors at Trinity Lutheran Church. Bette enjoyed sewing, stenciling, baking desserts and, most of all, being with her granddaughters.

Bette is survived by her husband Jack Owens, her son Malcolm Owens of Castro Valley, her daughter Meredith Owens and her two granddaughters Anna Tai Owens and Mei Liu Owens, all of Alameda.

Friends and family are invited to a memorial service on Saturday Nov. 22, at 1 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 1700 Santa Clara Ave. in Alameda. There will be a gathering in the church social hall after the service.

Donations may be made in her memory to Bay Area Adoption Services in Mountain View, or Half the Sky Foundation in Berkeley.

Born in Oakland to the late Francis and Kathleen Reilly, Bob died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Kathleen Reilly, his brother, Jack Reilly, and sister-in-law, Sally Reilly. Bob was the loving husband of Lois Reilly, devoted father of Mary, Chris, Cathy and Joan, stepfather of Mark, Vince, Robert and John and loving grandfather of Jonathan, Anna, Allison, Hayden, Bridget and Michael. He was adored by his cat Rolf and dog Peggy.

Bob attended SF City College (AA), SFSU (BA), USF (life teaching credential) and Cal State East Bay, where he received his master’s degree in education administration. He taught at Encinal High School from 1956 to 1964, then spent a year in the district office before founding Island High School and working there as Principal for seven years. He then became principal of the Alameda Adult School until his retirement in 1992. He also taught courses for teachers throughout his career, part-time, at Cal State University (East Bay) and UC Berkeley.

Bob was active in adult education development throughout California. He enjoyed reading and listening to classical music while smoking cigars.

A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 10 a.m. at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, 1022 Holly St., in Alameda, immediately followed by a reception.

Donations in Bob’s memory may be made to The Franciscan Fathers, St. Elizabeth Parish, Office of Development, 1500 34th Ave., Oakland, CA 94601.

Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services FD1408


Robert Alan Cowart passed away on Oct 31, 2014, at home in Alameda after a four-year battle with cancer.

Born July 4, 1955, in Benton County, Oregon, he was the fourth child of five. He was an amazing musician and sailor, understood and could fix anything electronic, was able to build or repair anything and was a true Renaissance man. Life to him was a big adventure, and he lived it to the fullest.

He is pre-deceased by his oldest sibling, Diane Ward, and is survived by his wife of 29 years, Pamela, and daughter Jessica, as well as his sisters Robin Cowart, April Tarango and brother Eric (Debbie) Cowart, and numerous brother- and sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Robert’s life will take place on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 2 p.m., at Christ Episcopal Church, 1700 Santa Clara Ave. in Alameda. Anyone who would like to join the celebration is welcome to attend.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, donation information online at