Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
1008 Third Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA
EmmaLee  Owen Memorial
EmmaLee  Owen Memorial

EmmaLee Owen

EmmaLee Owen

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

January 1, 1925 – November 2, 2019 EmmaLee Owen, 94, of Mount Vernon, WA, passed away peacefully at her apartment in Logan Creek Retirement Community on November 2, 2019 with her niece and Hospice caretaker, Karen Coates at her side.

EmmaLee was born in Lyman to Zeke and Hermie Holden and lived most of her life in Skagit County.

After graduating from high school in Sedro-Woolley, EmmaLee worked for the Navy in Seattle during World War II. She then had a 30 year career as an Executive Secretary. She married Bill Bell of LaConner and later remarried to John Owen of Burlington. She and John lived in several places outside Skagit County including Yakima, Minneapolis, Houston, Concord CA, and Los Gatos CA. She lived in Sedro Woolley for 25 years before moving to Logan Creek Retirement Community 5 years ago.

EmmaLee became an accomplished artist in both oils and watercolors beginning in 1970. She had a love for the outdoors, and most of her artwork subjects are found outside – particularly flowers, landscapes and wildlife. She participated in both juried shows and individual shows in Los Gatos and Anacortes. She was a very active individual particularly outdoors including golfing, fishing, and hunting – known as an excellent marksman.

EmmaLee was preceded in death by husbands, Bill Bell and John Owen; her son, Blake Bell; her sisters, Sally Jo Rivera and Doris Coates.

She was very appreciative of the excellent care that she received from Hospice of the Northwest. Her service is only for the family, but gifts in her memory to Hospice of the Northwest are welcome. Share your memories of EmmaLee and sign the online guest register.


  • Glenice Coggins Pearson

    I just learned that Emmalee had passed away in November. Em, Jo and Doris were dear life-long friends of my mother, Eileen Coggins. I have fond memories of Em when she would bring Blake to our home where Mom would babysit while she worked. She was always such a beautiful lady, inside and out! I remember visiting her with Mom from time to time in later years when she lived in Sedro Woolley, and any time we would visit church with Mom (Bethel A/G), or even after Mom passed away we always wanted to be sure and find Em and spend time visiting. I loved Em’s beautiful paintings and have one in my home that I see everyday; always with fond memories of the wonderful artist! I send my condolences to you, her family. I look forward to seeing Em again in heaven. The “Holden girls” and Eileen must be having a good time up there!

  • bobbi hendrix

    i have a photo from years ago of myself and a Jerry Holden , can someone tell me is he related I would be glad to share the photo.

  • Janice Tedesco

    Praying for all the family. I did get to talk with her after many years at the Lyman car show. We knew the grandparents from the Lyman Assembly of God church. On behalf of the Price family Jan, Curtis, Juanita & Dale (deceased).