Mary Ann Johnston Owen

mary ann owen

July 13, 1938 ~ August 29, 2023

Born in: Hayesville, NC
Resided in: Canton, NC

Mary Ann Johnston Owen, 85, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Tuesday, August 29, 2023.

Born on July 13, 1938, in Hayesville, NC, Mary Ann was a daughter of the late Robert and Cora Johnston. She grew up in Clay County where she attended Truett Baptist Church, singing in the choir at 14 years of age. She graduated from Hayesville High School. She enjoyed cheerleading, playing the piano and singing.

With her love for singing, she was a member of the UNCA Community Chorus for 15 years and a member of the Asheville Symphony Chorus for 17 years. She worked at First Union Bank as a loan officer for over 25 years.

She was a member of Plains Methodist Church, being a choir member and Sunday School teacher for 25 years. Later, she married the late Harold Owen and became a faithful member of East Asheville Methodist Church. She was very active in church and dedicated her life to the Lord’s service.

Her love for gardening and growing flowers led to her becoming a floral designer for many years.

Mary Ann was a caregiver herself to many of her family members for many years.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Regina Walker, of Indiana, and Susan Coleman, of Hayesville.

She is survived by her children, Tony Stalcup (Marsha), of Clyde, Lisa Sutton (Ray), of Canton, Michael Stalcup (Suzy King), of South Dakota, and Terry Stalcup (Mike Booker-Arnold), of Tennessee. She was better known as “Mamma Ann” to three grandchildren, Chad (Megan) Evans, Anna Evans, and Vaughn (Harmony) Stalcup; four great-grandchildren; two step-children, Rusty (Sharon) Owen, and Valerie (Jim) Szymanski; two step-grandchildren, Matthew and Meredith (Paul) Thomas; and two great-step-grandchildren, all of whom were her the greatest blessings. She is also survived by 3 sisters, Carolyn Fulton, Roberta Bradley and Abigail Ledford; and her aunt, Dot Moore, of Hayesville.

The funeral service will be held at Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road on Tuesday, September 5, 2023, at 12:30 p.m. The Rev. Phillip Hurst will officiate.

The family will receive friends at 11:00 a.m. prior to the funeral service. Burial will be at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery at 2:00 p.m.


Funeral Service: September 5, 2023 12:30 pm - 12:00 pm

Room: Chapel

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road
856 Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805


Visitation: September 5, 2023 11:00 am

Room: Chapel

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road
856 Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805


Burial: September 5, 2023 2:00 pm

Western Carolina State Veteran's Cemetery
962 Old US Hwy 70
Black Mountain, NC 28711


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  1. Always such a beautiful person inside and out. I remember working with her at First Union. She was loved by all and will be missed. Love and prayers to the family.

  2. Mom, your smile captivated us and your love embraced us. You are forever in our heart. Love, Mike and Terry

  3. I knew Mary Ann while she was married to my dad’s cousin, Sonny. She was a wonderful lady. We were fortunate to have her in our family.

  4. Anna so sorry to hear about your grandmother. Just know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Love you

  5. Lisa, Anna, Marsha, Tony, and the rest of the family, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you through this difficult time.

  6. Lisa,
    The Class of 76 wishes to extend their deepest sympathies in the passing of your mother. May God grace you with the spirit of comfort and serene peace as you journey through this difficult time of grief. Just know that your classmates and friends are standing beside you lending you strength and support in the days to come. We love you!
    Sincere Condolences,
    Pisgah High Class of 76

  7. Sorry to hear the news. All these years later I still have happy memories of being around Mary Ann and the family at holiday gatherings at Brasstown, tightly packed in the den at Granny and Pop’s.

  8. Mary Ann was always such a joy to work with. I know her absence in her family’s lives will be a hard adjustment. Lifting you all up in prayer 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  9. I was sorry to hear of your loss. I remember your mom’s sweet spirit and laugh. Sending love and prayers your way.

  10. Terry and Family I am sorry for your loss. Mary Ann was such a sweet lady. I am so sorry I missed the funeral. I didn’t know where it was until today. I had been trying to find out. You all have been on my mind since Mary Ann passed away. My thoughts and prayers will be with all of you. 🫶 Kathy King

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