Maria Ramos Owens was born on September 10, 1932 in Brooklyn, New York to the late William and Pearl Ramos. At the age of ten, when her mother passed away, she was raised by the late Herbert and Dorothy Hurd. Maria was married to Emilio E. Owens, Sr. in 1959 and from that union three children were born. Maria attended City College of New York for Liberal Arts; Vallejo Junior College in California for Business Administration; McAllister School of Embalming and Funeral Directing in New York, NY; University for Personnel Management, Rutgers University for Business Administration; and The Art Institute of New Brunswick. On May 10, 2008, she received her certificate of completion at the Theological Seminary at Rutgers University.
Maria achieved many major professional accomplishments. She served in the US Navy from 1954-57 as a Hospital Corpsman 2 Class. At the age of 26, as a licensed F nd uneral Director, she took over the family business of H. R. Hurd, Jr. Funeral Home. Years later, she became a Personal Assistant for Royal Globe Insurance Company; she also worked as an Employment Counselor for Alpha Employment Agency. When she moved to New Jersey, she began work at the God Squad as Development Director. Maria authored a booked entitled Love In All Its Glory while she was working as a Director of Commercial Accounts for St. Peters University Medical Hospital. She was also a Credit Manager for WNJR Radio Station, an Advertising Staff Writer for the Home News, and a Real Estate Agent for Boraie Realty. She presently worked as an Assistant House Manager for the Ronald McDonald House in New Brunswick, NJ, which she loved very much. Maria was also well known as an artist who painted biblical inspirational paintings for the glory of God. Maria moved to New Jersey in 1976 joining First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens and later she was
ordained as an Elder of the First Reformed Church for many years, where she has been an active member. She leaves to mourn their loss her three children Bernadina, Monica, and Emilio, Jr. and their spouses; ten grandchildren, brothers and sisters and a wonderfully large extended family.