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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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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Hello friends and wonderful supporters of the Owen family!
There are so many good reports to share with you all.
First of all, the Lord has begun some incredible healing
with Dalton and Michaela. In the last two weeks, Dalton started rehab at the new hospital where he and Michaela were moved after they both "woke up," and demonstrated the ability to hear, understand commands, and communicate.
What has happened since that time is nothing short of an ongoing miracle:
Dalton is walking, shooting Nerf guns at homemade targets, and progressing well with his therapies.
Michaela stunned us all after two weeks of tracking people with her eyes and some limited communication, she suddenly emerged as OUR Michaela when she began singing along to a Hamilton soundtrack with friends at her bedside. By the next afternoon, her personality was shining through and she recognized all of us. To the delight of her 13 year old brother, she specifically requested his presence in her hospital room and they were reunited.
Though Dalton and Michaela continue to show remarkable improvements, the road to recovery will be long, but God is so very good and faithful to these kids, every step of the way.
The other kids are being loved on and cared for by their wonderful Granny Lois and Papa John, as well as those of us who are close to the family, and their church and American Heritage Girl communities.
Lois and I have been working with an attorney to get the guardianship process completed. Lois will become their legal parent very shortly, which was the wish of Jennifer and Scott, in the case of their absence.
Lois and John have been an active and loving part of these kids' lives for many years, so the transition into Granny's home has been relatively easy.
Another exciting development came when a wonderful family, who owns a furniture distribution company, reached out to me through a homeschool fb page. They have since provided all new, beautiful bedroom furniture for the children. Such a blessing!
Finally, my own legal counsel prepared and established the official Owen Trust this past week. All money contributed to this campaign will now go directly into that trust account and will be managed by a professional money manager, who we know well and trust completely.
I will serve as trustee and will work closely with Granny Lois to provide for the needs of the 6 minor children. Our first order of business will be a small, sweet cemetery plot that I have already arranged for so that we may lay our dear friends to rest properly, and provide a place where the children can go to remember and honor their parents. This will also provide some much needed closure as we all move forward, one day closer to a sweet reunion, in Heaven, with Jennifer and Scott.
The eldest brother, Ethan, continues to be an encouraging presence at the hospital for his two younger siblings. He is back to work and adjusting to life without his beloved parents. We will also be working to support and assist him as he too lost his parents, and we will provide in other ways for any needs that he may have going forward.
There are so many other incredible acts of mercy and kindness that I want to share but it would take days.
Most of all, I want to thank all of you who have generously contributed $5 all the way up to $7000 from the start of this campaign. I read every note and save many of them to share with the family later.
I am so thankful for how GoFundMe brings the world together in such an extraordinary way so that we may "love and help our neighbor," even if we don't know them personally.
May God bless you all as you have blessed this sweet family.

When our Lord was asked which is the greatest commandment,
"Jesus declared, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind."
Matthew 22:37
"And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself."
Matthew 22:39

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What an incredible week of miracles and new mercies!
Since my last update, friends and family gathered together on Tuesday evening at the Owen family's church to remember Jennifer and Scott, sing hymns, and pray for the family. Our new friend and hero, Jeff Bell, and his lovely wife joined us from Greenville, TX. Jeff is a high school coach and the person who happened to be first on scene after the accident. He started rescuing the children before EMTs arrived. We are forever thankful to Jeff.
Miracle #1: Dalton (10) woke up and has been moved out of the ICU! He is obeying commands, recognizing people, feeding himself, and whispering words. Truly amazing.
Miracle #2: Michaela (15) woke up a couple days later!! She is breathing on her own and keeping her eyes open longer. She too has started responding to commands. She has a ways to go, but she is a tough little gal with a strong faith. We are in absolute awe of God's healing mercies upon these children.
There have been so many acts of kindness and generosity on a daily basis. Strangers sending notes of encouragement and all the wonderful donations that continue to roll in from all over the country. We are off to a good start.
Big brother Ethan continues to be right there with his younger siblings in the hospital. He gets wonderful support from his aunts and uncles, and an incredibly loving team of nurses.
The other four kids are being well loved by grandparents, church family, and friends. I will be starting up their schooling in the morning. It's time to get back to a good, healthy routine. That's what their mom and dad would want for them.
Please pray for continued physical, spiritual, and emotional healing. These kids have a long road ahead, but they will never walk alone. We see hope on the horizon.

Much love and gratitude,
Holly Jarrett
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Dear friends of the Owen family:
My name is Holly Jarrett and I am the creator of this campaign. Jennifer was a very dear friend of mine and our daughters are close friends as well. As you know, Scott and Jen both died last week after a tragic car accident. The funds we are collecting are for burial costs, current needs of the kids, and projected future needs for 7 orphaned children. There are some special needs associated with two of the children. There are also two children who remain in critical condition and will likely require considerable medical support and rehabilitation. We are also including current educational costs as well as future college tuitions. You add all that up and $250,000 doesn't seem like such a big number after all.
There will be a designated beneficiary soon (the legal guardian of the children), who will receive a portion of the funds, as well as a long term trust fund that is currently being established through the National Christian Foundation and will be managed by a non-family third party.
We are doing everything we can to honor Jennifer and Scott, and to create a hope filled future for the precious children that they have left behind.
The most important thing to Scott and Jennifer was and is that their children be raised in the light of Truth. They loved the Lord with all their hearts and were raising their children to do the same. We want to ensure that legacy continues.
I promise to put out updates as I am able. I am very involved with the family at this time and I also have a family of my own.
On behalf of the Owen family, I thank you for your compassion, generosity, and most of all, for your prayer support.
Much love,
Holly Jarrett

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