Judith Spataro Ownbey

judith ownbey

July 12, 1945 ~ December 24, 2021

Born in: Allegany Co., MD
Resided in: Fletcher, NC

Judith Ann Spataro Ownbey, 76, of Fletcher, passed away Friday, December 24, 2021 at her residence.

A native of Maryland, Judith was a daughter of the late Albert and Elizabeth Rowan Spataro.

Judith was proud Vietnam Veteran, having served her country in the US Air Force. She spent most of her life after she left the Air Force loving and raising her three daughters. She enjoyed early morning calls and spending time with her lifelong friends, Atlas Fox, Barbara Taylor Parker, her sister-in-law, Georgia Koeth and many others. She also enjoyed gardening and working any kind of puzzle.

Judith is survived by her three daughters, Rhonda Johnson of Charleston, SC, Fonda Bravo of Asheville and Tonya Ownbey of Fletcher; one brother, Steve Spataro of Frostburg, MD; nine grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren and many extended family and friends.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Judith’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org)

Groce Funeral Home’s Lake Julian team is assisting the family.

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Judith Spataro Ownbey 's name.

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  1. You were such a big part of my life. You will be so very missed. I love you Aunt Judy. I will hold all memories of you near and dear❣♥️❣♥️❣

  2. It was a privilege to meet this precious lady. She was so sweet. Go fly high MS. Judy, ai know our father had a special seat at his table for you.

  3. The biggest life in our family. She always made everyone laugh and made everyone feel loved. I miss you and love you. I know you and mom are hugging each other.

  4. Rhonda, Scooter, and Tiny, my deepest sympathy to all of you and your families. Judy is part of most of my childhood memories. She was a very special lady. She will be missed by all.
    Andrea Wooten Monroe

  5. Judy was my best friend. I will always remember the beach trips and other things we got into. She will always be in my heart and memories.

  6. She was loved greatly because she loved greatly! What a true gift she was to her family and others! May peace be with you, always!

  7. Tiny, I am beyond heartbroken for you. I just saw this or I would have reached out sooner. May your Mom forever Rest In Peace.

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