Congratulating Irene Beatrice Owens upon the occasion of celebrating her 100th Birthday

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Senate Resolution No. 2500

BY: Senator COMRIE

CONGRATULATING Irene Beatrice Owens upon the
occasion of celebrating her 100th Birthday

WHEREAS, Senior citizens bring a wealth of experience and knowledge
to the increasingly active roles they play in today's society; their
past contributions and future participation are a vital part of, and
valuable asset to, the fabric of community life and activity; and

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to commemorate
and recognize certain milestones celebrated by citizens of this great
Empire State; and

WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its
long-standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to
congratulate Irene Beatrice Owens upon the occasion of her 100th
Birthday to be celebrated with a party in her honor on Saturday, June 4,
2022, in Springfield Gardens, New York; and

WHEREAS, Irene Beatrice Owens, affectionately known as B.B. or Aunt
Bea by her family, was born on June 3, 1922, in North Carolina, where
she received her early education in the Edgecombe County Public Schools;
upon graduating from Bricks High School, she attended D. Schafer Beauty
School in Durham, North Carolina; and

WHEREAS, Irene Beatrice Owens worked briefly as a beautician before
relocating to New York City in 1950, where she continued to practice her
profession at the Green and Gold Beauty Salon; and

WHEREAS, Irene Beatrice Owens then met and married the love of her
life, Jefferson Franklin Owens, and together they raised five children,
Evelyn Joyce, Jeffrey Allen, Thomas Jerome, Jacqueline and Mamie Jean;

WHEREAS, As a stay-at-home mom, Irene Beatrice Owens dedicated her
life to creating a loving home for her family; in addition to filling
her days with activities which involved her children, she also cared for
some of her nieces and nephews daily; and

WHEREAS, As her children married and left home, Irene Beatrice
Owens, never one to sit still, trained for and worked briefly in the
Home Health field until she retired in 1994; and

WHEREAS, At the age of 72, she began a new chapter of her life as a
volunteer at the Allen Senior Community Center, where she worked with
the Allen Boutique, daily lunch program and as the trip coordinator,
often traveling to various regions of the United States with its senior
residents; and

WHEREAS, Irene Beatrice Owens, with her zest for life, has inspired
and enhanced the lives of her family and friends; some of her hobbies
have been BINGO, computer classes, jewelry and doll making; and

WHEREAS, A Lifetime Member and a Legacy Life Member of the National
Council of Negro Women, Inc. Queens County Section, this woman of great
faith is currently a member of the New Jerusalem Worship Church in
Jamaica, New York; and

WHEREAS, This exceptional centenarian has experienced the incredible
joys and sorrows characteristic of and reserved for those with the
stamina and courage to savor a full life; and

WHEREAS, Irene Beatrice Owens has enriched the lives of those around
her through her joyous and sincere love for others and through the
quiescent charm and wisdom which comes only from a fullness of years;

WHEREAS, It is the intent of this Legislative Body to publicly
recognize those who have reached such a remarkable age and who have
witnessed and celebrated the innovations, cultural developments and
awesome achievements of this country during the last century, while
themselves contributing to the growth and excellence of this great
Empire State; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
congratulate Irene Beatrice Owens upon the occasion of celebrating her
100th Birthday; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to Irene Beatrice Owens.


  • 05 / May / 2022
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