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Victoria Worden Owen

Obituary for Victoria Worden Owen

March 10, 1935 - December 13, 2016
Newark, Delaware | Age 81


Victoria (Tertia) Worden Owen, age 81, of Newark, DE, passed away Tuesday, December 13, 2016 7:40 PM with her son at her side at Millcroft Nursing Home from Alzheimer's disease. Victoria was born on March 10, 1935 in Baltimore, MD to the late Dr. Stanley and Victoria Vaiden Worden of Dover, DE. She received the family nickname "Tertia," because she was the third female child in the Vaiden family to be named Victoria. Over the course of her long and fulfilling life, Victoria lived in Dover, Newark and Hockessin, Delaware, as well as Bainbridge Island, WA, San Francisco, CA (where she gave birth to her son at the French Hospital) and Lagos, Nigeria.

Victoria attended Dover Public Schools and was a graduate of St. Catherine's School in Richmond, VA. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Goucher College in Towson, MD and her Master of Education from the University of Delaware and has been a life-long advocate for women's and liberal arts schools. Throughout her career, Victoria was a classroom teacher in both Delaware and Cecil County, MD. She retired in 1986 from North East High School in North East, MD, where she taught English and Folklore. Her students will remember her for the American Heritage Dictionary she gave each new student, instructing them to highlight the words they looked up, so that they would be reminded they already looked the word up before. They will also remember her generous notes on papers affected with copious use of her trademark Bic Four Color pen. Those who provided loving care for her most recently can attest to her found memories of being a dedicated teacher with high standards.

As a lifetime Episcopalian, Victoria was very active with volunteer work for Christ Church in Dover, DE and St. Thomas in Newark, DE, as well as in Bainbridge Island, WA. Victoria valued local Delaware history greatly and dedicated her time to assisting Preservation Delaware, Inc. and Newark Heritage Alliance in securing state and national historic status for many locations in Delaware. Victoria was also an avid singer and participated in the St. Thomas Choir for many years.

Victoria is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, David and Laurie Owen and three grandchildren (David, Conley and Nicholas) all of Concord, MA.

A celebration of Victoria's life will be held at 10AM on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Newark, DE. Interment will follow the service at Christ Church Cemetery in Dover, DE where she will be laid to rest next to her parents and brother, Stanley Worden.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made payable to "Saint Catherine's School Foundation" or "Preservation Delaware, Inc." and sent in care of R.T. Foard & Jones Funeral Home, 122 W. Main St., Newark, DE 19711. To send condolences, please visit

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