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MRS RICKY: Tributes paid to the ‘remarkable and unforgettable’ Barbara Owen MBE

 Published on: 17th January 2020   |   By: Geraint Roberts   |   Category: Uncategorized

Tributes have been paid to Rickmansworth local legend, Barbara Owen MBE, who will always be remembered for putting everyone in the community before herself. 

Mrs Owen, who sadly passed away at the age of 98 on December 23, 2019, was well known for her amazing work in the community and for being a former teacher at St Clement Danes and chair of Three Rivers Museum Trust. 

Barbara was a Rickmansworth girl from the day she was born and lived in the centre of Ricky, with her parents and older sister Marion. 

She was a star pupil throughout her education which led to her pursuing a career in teaching which led to her meeting her future husband Jack Owen.

After marrying in 1947 at St Mary’s Church in Rickmansworth, Barbara and Jack lived a very happy married life and had four daughters. 

Her caring and loving attitude meant she looked after her family through both the tough times and the good. 

After her husbands unexpected death in 1963, Barbara returned to teaching at Watford Grammar School for Girls, where she had been Head Girl as a pupil. 

Barbara’s passion for teaching saw her in the classroom until she retired into her eighties and she also taught in a number of schools in the area.

Alongside her teaching work, Barbara was committed to the community around her which is shown through the various voluntary roles she took on in Rickmansworth.

She was awarded the MBE for services to the community in 2012 at the remarkable age of ninety and had her award presented by Prince Charles.  

On behalf of everyone who knew and loved Barbara, Alison Wall said: “She has given so much to her community, but her focus was always others and not herself. Barbara often said how grateful she was to everyone, but we are grateful to her for all she has done for us and her example – impossible to follow. You could speak to Barbara about anything and she had no airs or graces.  She made you laugh with her humour and expressions. She remained positive to the end and grateful for all that life had given her.  

“There will only ever be one Barbara, a person we are all privileged to have known and loved.  She will always be remembered and like her we should be grateful.”

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