In memory of
Dolores Alice Groesch (Sunny) Owensby
Dolores (Sunny) Alice Groesch Owensby passed away on 10/14/2019 in her home in Denver, CO surrounded by her loved ones. She was 88 years old. She was born on July 10, 1931 in Springfield, IL to Edward Andrew Groesch and Frances Merklin Groesch in Springfield, IL. She was the youngest of ten children, Loretta Groesch Bowman, Rev. Edward J. Groesch, Louis L. Groesch, Lubert L.Groesch, Joseph Groesch, Rose Mary Groesch, Francis Paul Groesch, Margaret M.Groesch Burns, Rita Groesch Favero. Her husband of 52 years, John W. Owensby, also of Springfield, IL, preceded her in death on July, 25, 2002. Dolores was known all of her life as Sunny. She eloped to marry John W. Owensby in Norman, OK on Thanksgiving Day, 1950 where he attended the University of Oklahoma. After graduation they moved to New Orleans, La. where they spent the rest of their married lives. They raised two children, Jay Owensby (Mary Macgregor) and Melinda (Mindy) Owensby. After her husband's death, she moved to Denver, Co to be with her daughter, Melinda. Melinda was her constant caregiver, allowing Sunny to remain in the comfort and security of her home until the time of her passing. Sunny loved to dance, play tennis and enjoy life. Her son said that when he learned to dance, that "it was his mother's side of the family that was doing the dancing." She played tennis until she was 80 years old and walked 10,000 steps a day until she was 87. There will be a memorial service on 11/16/2019 at 1pm in Springfield, IL at the Northfield Inn Suites, 3280 Northfield Dr, Springfield, IL. Interment will be private. Should friends or family desire, memorial contributions may be sent to any animal rescue charity, as Sunny loved her dog, Cayman, or the charity of your choice.
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