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Corina Ann Owens was born to Sandra and Clark Owens on March 30th, 1972 in Portland, Oregon. She was their first born of six children. As a child she attended Vernon Elementary School, Whitaker Middle School, and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1990. She went on to attend Betty’s Pet Grooming School where she received her certificate in grooming in 2017.
Corina The Musician
When Corina was just in the first grade her mother Sandra went to Betty Dorsey looking for a pianist for Grace and Truth Church and Betty suggested she teach Rina instead. Corina used these lessons in the church. At the age of 10 she performed her first solo as a pianist at Grace and Truth Church. Her lessons taught her how to read sheet music but her experience in the church taught her to play by ear. She furthered her lessons through school. She enrolled in music courses at Whitaker and studied classical music at Jefferson. She performed in numerous recitals throughout those years. That first lesson would prove to be a talent Corina would use for the rest of her life.
Corina the Athlete
At a young age Rina played multiple sports. She enjoyed playing baseball, kickball, tetherball, tennis, volleyball, and basketball. By the 4th grade her love for basketball began to stand out over the others. Whenever she showed up at Alberta park she would be picked 1st. Even over all the boys. She got the chance to play on her first team in 6th grade where her skills only increased. By her freshman year she became one of the best girls in the city. She was a 4 year varsity player at Jefferson High School and was a 3 point specialist. As her life continued on her love for basketball would never fade.
Corina the Dog Lover
When Rina was 9 years old her aunt Theresa got a dog named Poppy. Rina never left his side. When she seen how much Rina loved Poppy she gave him to her. This would be her first of many dogs. Later on in life she received Redd as a gift from Terrell Brandon and loved and took care of him the best she could. Along the way she got more dogs and her love for them all grew very strong. This love eventually inspired her to open Show Dogs Grooming Salon and Boutique with the help of Terrell. Owning this business was a dream of hers she brought to life. It made her happy and she was determined make it successful.
Corina and Family Love
Corina was the first child and first grandchild and was naturally a leader and she lead from her heart. Her family was very important to her and it showed through her generosity and unconditional love and kindness. Helping her family and those close to her brought her true happiness and joy. She was devoted to her family and made it a point to always be there for anything. There was nothing she wouldn't do for all the ones she loved. Her beautiful smile, her giving spirit, and her amazingly unselfish heart and just how she loved will truly be missed and never forgotten.
Corina Owens is preceded in death by her father Clark Owens, grandparents; Wilma Downing Owens and Jesse Carter, aunts Cecilia, Cheryl Ann, Thelma, Delilah and Ernestine Owens, Uncle; John Owens, grandfather; Howard Hornbuckle, aunts; Theresa Feng and Linda Hornbuckle-Young, uncle Paul Hornbuckle and cousin Anthony Duane Brown.
Corina is survived by her mother Sandra Owens, grandmother; Julia Mae Hornbuckle, siblings; Clark Jr., Monica, Timothy, Jasmine, and Jordan Owens, and Lashawn Stephens, her nieces and nephews; Jamina, Clark III, Syrius, and Mya Owens, Makaila, Malliyah, and James Brannon, Tiaira, Timothy Jr., and Bambi Owens, Tayvon Barquette, Reeson White, Natalie and Dalon Hall-Goodman, Owen and Olivia Johnson-Bey, Laray, Tyrin and Rayonna Stephens. She is also survived by her dogs Redd, Pepper, Brownie, Joc, Bailey, Poochie, and Lilly and a host of family and friends.