Owen Family Tribute

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On Monday, April 23, our dear friends Scott and Jennifer Owen, along with six of their seven wonderful children, were in a horrible car accident on the way home from a weekend camping trip.  Scott — a kind, gentle devoted husband and father — died early Tuesday morning. Jennifer — the most incredible, faithful, loving wife and mother — succumbed to her injuries and was reunited in Heaven with her beloved early Thursday morning.

Their daughter Michaela (15) remains in critical condition at a Dallas hospital.  Their son Dalton (10) also remains in critical condition in the room next to his big sister.

Mitchell (13), Alysa (11), Samantha (7) and Liam (5) miraculously survived the crash with broken bones, concussions, cuts and bruises. They are being cared for by all of us who adored their parents. 

Ethan (23), the eldest son, was not in the car but now carries the burden of hourly decisions that must be made regarding his two critically injured siblings and the other surviving four. He is handling all of these breathtaking tasks with maturity and grace.

Jen was precious to me, and I miss her desperately. It is my heartbreaking privilege to set up this tribute in honor of our dear friends. These funds will be used for burial costs and for children's immediate needs.

What is left will be rolled into a long-term trust that is currently being established for the Owen children. It will be managed by a third-party. 

Jen and Scott loved the Lord with all their hearts. They served others even while they themselves were in need. Jen took care of her father and grandmother, all while homeschooling her children and loving her friends deeply. 

This is the least we can do to honor their legacy, and to serve their family back. 

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"Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." - Psalm 30:5
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Warm greetings from Texas!
It has been a very busy 3 months since my last update on the Owen children.
First, we want to express our gratitude to all those who continue to lovingly contribute to this family's needs. As you may remember, a legal trust instrument was established for the children back in May. The funds raised through this Go Fund Me campaign go directly into a fidelity account that was set up 30 days after the GFM was created.
The trust is professionally managed by a company in Houston, Texas. They generously provide all of their services for the Owen Family Trust pro bono.
We are so thankful for the kindness of those who donate their valuable time to this cause.
I continue to serve as co-trustee, alongside Dr. Linda Little. The scope of the trust allows for these funds to be used mainly for education and medical treatments, not covered by Medicaid.
We also continue to work with First Baptist Church of Plano and Buckingham Road Church of Christ in Garland as they help to raise money for the day to day needs, through their designated Owen family benevolence funds. We were able to secure the wonderful van, clothing, refrigerators, freezers, etc., with those wonderful resources.

And now for the most important part of this update- the children! I wish that you could see the smiles and hear the laughter on any given day at Granny and Papa's little house on the corner. The love and care provided by those two has gone a long way to promote the healing of hearts, minds, and bodies.
There have been some heartbreaking moments and challenges along the way, but the good has far surpassed the bad.
The kids continue to miss their parents and process grief in their own individual ways. They are very loved and supported at their new schools. That is a whole other beautiful story, but suffice it to say that the staff at both schools have gone above and beyond to help and support these children.
God continues to heal this family while providing new mercies every single day. We have come a long way since that horrible night in April. There is much more to be done and we are trusting God to provide us with the wisdom and resources that we will need.

Thank you for continuing to care, to pray, and to give.

With love and gratitude,

Holly Jarrett for the Owen-Brening Family
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In my last update, I forgot to share about how HEB donated grocery gift cards through their wonderful Public Affairs Director, Mabrie Jackson.

Mabrie has spent time with me in person, online, and on the phone, providing wonderful resource information and encouragement. So thankful for her friendship!

Then there was the Plano firefighter who makes furniture for people in need when he is not putting out fires and saving lives. Laddin made and stained the most beautiful oak breakfast table that I have ever seen! And it seats 10 people comfortably!

Laddin and his family delivered it last month right to the kitchen and then tucked a very loving cash gift into Granny Lois's hand.

I continue to be humbled by the kindness and generosity of strangers who have become very special friends.

And to those who continue to give to our GFM, you are a blessing and we thank you.
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Dear friends and prayer warriors:

It's hard to believe that just 13 weeks ago, Jennifer and Scott Owen went to Heaven, leaving behind 7 precious children.

Since my last update, God has continued to answer every prayer, according to His timing and His plan for all involved.

The first big news involves the van that we were prayerfully seeking. John and Lois had seen a Ford Transit and loved it, though it was clearly beyond our budget.

But, God!

I went to several dealerships one day, hoping and expecting for the right people to want to help. And it happened at 4:00pm at the very last dealership of the day! I was tired and feeling a bit defeated, and I really wanted to just go home, but I felt the Lord pushing me to tell my story one more time.

Shawne Moore, Employee Relations Manager, for Sam Pack's Five Star Ford in Plano, agreed to meet with me. The rest is a beautiful testimony of God's people showing mercy to their unknown neighbor.

Not only did they search and find a gently used 2017 Ford Transit in another town, but they brought it to Plano for John and Lois to see and drive.

Then they met us at our budget, enabled by the generous people of the First Baptist Church of Plano, making absolutely nothing on the deal! In fact, they even absorbed many fees and sponsored the installation of window tinting, Bluetooth, back up sensors, fog lights and more.

They also offered free roadside assistance and an extended warranty. As if that were not enough, they presented John and Lois with beautiful, engraved key chains! (See pictures below)

We are Ford people now. Sam Pack Ford people!

A life celebration service in honor of Jennifer and Scott was held at First Baptist Church of Plano on July 6th. The two children who had previously been in the hospital after the accident were in attendance, which was incredibly special. It was a sweet tribute to this dear couple and their children.

Jennifer and Scott were laid to rest the following morning, July 7th, at the Hughes Family Tribute Center. The kindness and care provided by the Hughes family through this heartbreaking process has touched us all. We are eternally thankful for their ministry to those who are dealing with great loss.

We are currently submitting applications to a wonderful Christian Academy in hopes that it will be a good fit for everyone. This school wants very much to help these children as they heal and move forward to face a hope-filled future.

Your donations are making it all possible for them.

One more amazing update: We are days away from an exciting announcement regarding the renovation of Granny and PaPa's home to provide a bedroom for the boys, a new garage after existing one becomes boy space, a play area, and bigger laundry room.

Currently, five kids share one bedroom and six kids share one bathroom. That's about to change!

We are working out details with First Baptist Church of Plano and some incredibly generous men on the radio.

More details to come. Stay tuned!

We cannot begin to express our gratitude for all of the acts of kindness each day. I read and save all of your notes for the children to see someday. Every gift is a generous blessing, and every prayer is a source of strength on this journey.

May God bless you all as you continue to bless this family. And to God be the glory!


With love and gratitude,

Holly Jarrett and the Owen family
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Dear kind and generous friends,

Michaela and Dalton are home with their brothers and sisters! They both look wonderful and are adjusting to their new lives with Granny and Papa John. There is still healing to be had, but they are coming along well.

A group of talented men from First Baptist Plano are working on a plan to convert the garage space at Granny's house into the boys' quarters, and then a new garage will be built in front of that space. As it is now, 5 kids are in one room while one has his own. The new space will be a huge blessing.

Inside Edition produced a great piece about the Owen tragedy and the love expressed by our DFW community, as well as dear people from all over the country. The piece aired on June 13th. (See INSIDEEDITION.COM)

I have appointed the children's great aunt Linda to be my co-trustee for the Owen Children's Trust. I'm excited to work with Linda as we prayerfully plan a hope-filled future for these kids. Linda is a retired public school teacher and principal who is devoted to her faith and her family. We are already a good team.

Abby and I took Michaela out for a special day of lunch and shopping on Tuesday. She lost most of her clothes in the wreck and has been wearing whatever donated clothing will fit. She was very thankful to get to pick some pretty new things that are all her own. We had the wheelchair in the back of my Suburban but never had to use it once, cuz she's amazing like that! We laughed hard, ate too much, hugged often and gave thanks for the miracle that is Michaela Owen's life.

I am currently working on school plans for the fall. Each child has their own talents and their own challenges, so each must be dealt with according to their individual needs.

We are also still in need of the right van -- a 10 to 12 person van with cargo space for a wheelchair, and lots of windows as Lois worries about blind spots. It's not in the budget, but we know God will provide.

Jennifer and Scott will be laid to rest in July. Please pray for all 7 kids as they continue to grieve and heal.
God bless you all for your compassion.

Much love and appreciation,
Holly Jarrett for the Owen kids
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