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Carol Elizabeth (Hill) Owens
July 16, 1950 ~ February 5, 2024 (age 73) 73 Years Old
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Carol Elizabeth Owens, 73, of Pittsburgh, was born July 16, 1950, in Pittsburgh, PA. She was the beloved daughter of the late Calvin Hill, Sr., and Laura Batch Bell. Her life was further enriched by the love of William Bell, who stood as a loving bonus father. Carol's journey, marked by family bonds and personal achievements, is a testament to a life well lived. From her special connection with siblings Becky, Cindy, and Buster to the sisterly bond with cousin Hazel, the family held a central place in her heart. Her childhood, enriched by numerous cousins, laid the foundation for a close-knit extended family. After graduating from Homestead High School, Carol ventured into adulthood with educational pursuits at the community college and a fulfilling career as a journeyman at General Motors. Carol was a creative force. She grew up in an era before the term “creative” existed so she would’ve been referred to as “artsy” back then but she was a true creative. She could draw, paint, write, play the piano, crochet, and immerse herself in all forms of art. She was also a true book enthusiast. Her passion for reading was extraordinary. She had a remarkable ability to devour a full-length novel in just a couple of hours. Her love for literature knew no bounds, evident in her extensive collection of hundreds of books. Her eclectic taste embraced books of all genres, reflecting a diverse and vibrant literary appreciation. She found joy within the pages of a good book and she passed on her love for reading to her daughter. Marriage blessed her life with two children, Tonya and Craig. Her children were her world, defining the essence of her life’s purpose. For Carol, motherhood was a profound joy, but it was surpassed by the immense happiness that came with becoming a grandmother. The endearing journey of Carol’s grandmotherhood began with a sweet twist. Her first grandchild, Jasmine, unable to pronounce “Nana”, affectionally coined the name “Nanny”. This mispronunciation became the cherished moniker that would forever define Carol’s role as a beloved grandmother. Her world radiated around her grandkids, and being their Nanny brought her unparalleled fulfillment and purpose. Her love for her grandchildren knew no bounds, as she dedicated herself to attending every significant (and insignificant) event in their lives, from school plays and dances to graduations. Quick to hop on a plane, she showcased unwavering support, ensuring her presence at each milestone, leaving a legacy of love and devotion to her cherished grandkids. Through this profound connection, Carol found the true essence of happiness and meaning in the later chapters of her life. Carol departed this life on February 5, 2024. She was at her daughter’s home in Georgia surrounded by love and family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, father, Calvin Hill, Sr., mother, Laura Batch Bell, bonus father, William Bell, and brother-in-law Paul Carter.
Carol is survived by her loving children; daughter, Tonya Latrice (Chrissan) Davis of Snellville, GA; son, Craig (Catherine) Owens of Loganville, GA; two sisters, Rebecca Carter, and Cynthia Hill; brother, Calvin (Karen) Hill; grandchildren, Jasmine, JaVaun, Camryn, Kaycie, Carson, and Chloe; and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.