Addie Bell Owens, of Sun City, California, was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on December 25, 1928, to the parents of Ezra and Edna Jacobs. In 1939, her mother, Edna, made the decision to move her daughters to Los Angeles, California. In 1940, her mother met and married Amos McNealy, Sr. and began their blended family with five children, Martha, Addie, Enoch, Amos, Jr., and James. On July 2, 1956, at age 26, she met and married Lonnie Owens. Together they shared many adventures, traveled, enjoyed fishing, gardening, and spending time with family and friends. Lonnie and Addie shared 50 years of marriage until his death on April 23, 2006.
It was no mistake that Addie Bell was born on Christmas Day as she readily shared her gift of wisdom, joy, and life-long support to family, friends, and loved ones. At age 50, she decided to go back to school to get her certificate to become a nurse’s assistant. She began her career at Riverside Community Hospital, where she successfully worked for 11 years. She was deeply appreciated for her cheerfulness, energy, and positive attitude and was valued and respected by her peers and co-workers. Addie’s excellence in her profession earned her numerous awards and recognition for her exceptional work with patients and families.
Addie was a devoted wife, sister, aunt, and friend and was affectionately known as “Auntie” and “Big Mama,” by loved ones. She was fiercely independent, sharp-minded, witty, fun loving, with a sense of humor that made everyone around her smile. She always encouraged others to push themselves, continue their education, and to always be their very best!
Addie was an avid reader, and sports fan; particularly of tennis and could converse with anyone on a variety of topics. She had a vast interest in politics, enjoyed listening to Smooth Jazz, and loved having marathon telephone conversations with her friends about their favorite TV shows.
On Friday, June 21, 2019, Addie made her transition home. She now resides in the loving arms of the Lord with her beloved husband Lonnie, her parents, sister, Martha, and brothers Enoch, Amos, Jr., and James, and a host of family and friends who preceded her in death. Cherishing her memory are her sister-in-law, Doris McNealy, her nieces, Carol Truscott, Anita McNealy, Beverly Hempstead, Beatrice and Sharon McNealy, and Yolanda Algin. She is also mourned by many relatives and friends who will celebrate and treasure the legacy she leaves behind.