Dolores Owes, better known to family and friends as “Peaches”, was born on March 18, 1939 in Weldon, North Carolina, the only child of (the late) Annie Green Tweedy and Roger Tweedy. At the age of seven, Peaches moved to Brooklyn, New York where she attended Public School 93, and later graduated from Eastern District High School. Peaches went on to receive her certification in Early Childhood Education from Pace University.
In 1951, Peaches met the love of her life Eugene Julius Owes. They were married on June 4, 1955. Together, they built a foundation based on love, family and respect. From their union, they had five children. Dolores and Eugene celebrated sixty-three years of marriage with their children and their family legacy.
In 1962, Dolores and Eugene moved their family to Park Place. Although an only child, Dolores was blessed with three sisters-in-Christ, her cousin Marsha Thomas, and Ella Green and Roberta Slaughter. Together, they forged a lifelong friendship, blending their families together as one. Through this sisterhood, many memories were created.
Peaches worked as a Teachers’ Assistant at Park Place Day Care Center, a memorable career because she worked alongside her two sisters, Roberta and Marsha. She retired from the day care center and went on to work with the New York City Department of Human Resources, retiring in 2002.
In 1968, Dolores began her church life at Holy Trinity Baptist Church in Brooklyn until she moved on to Good Shephard Baptist Church where she was an active member and Trustee. Peaches was a God-fearing woman who found comfort with her church family.
Peaches loved her family more than anything. She gave of herself unconditionally, she was selfless, and most of all, family oriented. Her children would tease her, asking her “who she loved the most”, and her answer never wavered, she would always reply “The one who needed me the most, at that time”. Overall, she loved each of us the same.
Dolores was blessed and highly favored. God bestowed her with the jewel of family. She was a good wife and a fruitful vine within her home and family. She was the tree and her family the branches. Together, they weathered their way through the seasons of life, holding dear to a “mother’s love” at the roundtable. She created a space (The Roundtable) of love, peace, healing, forgiveness and joy. To be continued … at the roundtable!
On Monday May 14, 2018, the day after Mother’s Day, Peaches fought a good fight for six rainy days. On the 7th day (Sunday), the Sabbath, she decided to rest. The sun shined, and she accepted her crown. She was greeted by her loved ones who preceded her in death: Jennifer Rice (granddaughter) and Samir Owes (grandson). Peaches leaves to cherish her memory, her loving husband Eugene Owes; her children: Robin René Kingwood (and her husband Joe Kingwood), Regina Owes, Lennie Owes (and his wife Wanda Owes), Sabrina Owes, her baby boy André Owes (and his wife Lisa Owes); and two bonus daughters: Jeanette Goldstone and Andrea Rodriguez “Cookie”; her grandchildren: Tasheena Norfleet, Kiana Muschett, Victoria Allen (and her husband David Allen), Lennie Owes, Jr., Tyril Jarvis, Dominque Owes, Kaimondre Owes (and his wife Terraela Owes), Alvita Pegues, Alvin Pegues, Danielle Powell, Danielle Owes, Laurisha Cooke, Laron Owes and DeAndre Owes; great-grandchildren: Takia Graves, Josiah Miller, Ava Pegues, Angelina Allen, DeAndre Owes, Jr., Bryson Cooke-Whitney, Anthony Allen, Brooke Riley and Itrell Owes; cousins: Marsha Thomas, Cheryl Hasborne and Joan Dunmore; her spoiled godson Antoine Slaughter; and a host of other relatives and friends.