On July 3,2020, Letty Owings, age 95, and past resident of Lake Oswego, passed away at her home in Edmonds, Washington.
Letty and husband, Ray, moved to Lake Oswego in 1969. Letty began her teaching career at Lake Oswego Junior High School. When the new Lakeridge High School opened in 1971, she transferred there. She taught English there until health issues forced her to retire from teaching in 1982. During those "Lakeridge years", she formed bonds with students and colleagues that lasted until the end of her life.
Letty and Ray were active at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in West Linn. Letty loved being involved in church affairs and served as president of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. Letty and Ray were instrumental in founding the Letty Owings Center (now administered by Central City Concern).
After Ray retired from pathology in 1990, he and Letty moved to Edmonds. In their declining years, they lived with their grandson Ivo Schilbach and wife, Sylvi. After 72 years of marriage, Ray passed away in 2016. They were also predeceased in 1985 by a grandson, Ethan.
Surviving Letty and Ray are their five children: June Schilbach (husband Chris) of Texas, Kathleen Dixon (husband Steve) of Indiana, Mark Owings (wife Chris) of Washington, Nathan Owings of Oregon, and Rachel Leatherman (husband Fred) of Texas. The family branches out to 5 grandchildren, 9 great- grandchildren, and the delightful Eberhardt Shilbach, great-great grandson born just last year.