Mark E. Owens, 50, of Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, November 4, 2008 after a valiant 22 month battle with lung cancer.
Mark graduated magna cum laude from Drexel University, where he also completed graduate work. He held the professional designation of Certified Internal Auditor. Mark's career included 17 years with DuPont Company in various management positions in finance and accounting, and most recently at KPMG as a manager in Advisory Services. Mark enjoyed landscaping, gardening and entertaining his many friends and family at home. He had a passion for fitness and routinely worked out and went bike riding. Mark held great enthusiasm for politics, social justice, and environmental conservation. Mark enjoyed everything about Rehoboth Beach and relished spending as much time as possible at his beach home, riding his bicycle or scooter, spending time on the beach, or delighting in a dry martini with friends.
Mark is survived by his devoted partner, Stephen Pleskach; his mother, Anna Rush; his 5 siblings, Anne (Kevin) Kirby, Angie Owens, Frances McBride, Larry (Marti) Owens, Earl (Marjorie) Owens; 10 nieces and nephews; and 4 step-siblings, Harriette (Joe) Darnell, Larry (Susan) Rush, Pat (Ron) Roman, Mary (Neil) Hess. Mark is also survived by his beloved cats, Mojo and Sam. He was preceded in death by his father, Earling E. Owens and his step-father, Lawrence E. Rush, Jr.
Mark's family expresses their gratitude for the exceptional care he received from Dr. Bernard King, Dr. Tracey Evans, Dr. Gerald O'Brien and Dr. Sunjay Shah and their professional staffs, as well as his compassionate caretakers with Delaware Hospice. They also wish to recognize November as Lung Cancer Awareness Month.
A memorial service was held on November 10, 2008 at Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Rehoboth Beach. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Lutheran Church of Our Savior (lcosrehoboth.org).
He was born in Oxford, Mississippi, on Nov. 18, 1948, the son of the late Dr. James Hutton Lemly, Sr. and the late Onice Walker Lemly.
He received an undergraduate degree from Duke University in 1970 before serving in the United States Army from 1970 to 1973. After receiving a Masters in Public Accountancy from Georgia State University in 1975, Lemly relocated to Washington and began his career in the civilian Federal service at the Department of Justice where he served in a number of accounting positions in the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Justice Management Division. In 1983, he met the requirements and received the certification as a Certified Public Accountant. In 1989, he joined the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). His career at FEMA spanned 17 years in different senior systems accounting positions until his retirement in 2006. Lemly served as FEMA's Deputy Chief Financial Officer in 1993.
From 1983 to 1997, he was co-director of the Tom Davoren Social Contract Bridge Club that was originally a project of the Gay Community Center for the District of Columbia (GCC/DC). He was treasurer of the GCC/DC in 1987-1989. He joined the Washington DC Chapter of Black Tie International in 1999 and moved his membership to the Lewes-Rehoboth Chapter in 2004.
Lemly is survived by his partner of 29 years, Dr. Thomas E. Brown. They purchased a weekend home in Rehoboth in 1995 and moved to the beach full time upon their retirements in 2006.
Memorial services will be 11:30, Saturday, November 22, at the Parsell Funeral Home & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes, DE. Visitation will precede the services starting at 10:30 am.
Memorial gifts should be sent to: CAMP Rehoboth (Jim Lemly Memorial), 37 Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.
Robert was an avid gardener with a tremendous talent for landscape design. His career in sales included: Gimbels Department Store, Strawbridge & Clothier, and Baker Knapp & Tubbs. He retired from Baker Knapp & Tubbs in 2004 when he relocated to his favorite place, Rehoboth Beach
Robert was preceded in death by his mother Mary Miller Hammond, his father Robert Arrison Hammond, and his sister, Joy Hammond Breckheimer. He is survived by his good friends John Glenstrup, John Black, and an 11 year old Great Dane known as Dana. He is also survived by the Alderfer family of Pennsylvania.
In keeping with Quaker tradition, and at Bob's request, services were private. Arrangements were handled by Parsell Funeral Enterprises, Inc., Lewes, DE.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Robert's memory to: Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriot's Way, Milford, DE 19963 or to Tunnell Cancer Center, 424 Savannah Road, Lewes, DE 19958.
Letters from CAMP Rehoboth, Vol. 18, No. 15 November 21, 2008