Charlene and Steve Owens, a Florida couple, renew vows after wife receives a prognosis of Bile Duct Cancer, then she's gone.
Some love stories end on this side of heaven too soon. We pray that moment never happens. But time on this earth is not something we can control. All we can do is embrace the moments we have and make it count.
I cannot imagine the heartache and the loss Steve and his sons Bryce and Connor are experiencing after the loss of Charlene Owens.
Mom Loses Her Life To Bile Duct Cancer
Charlene was the love of Steve’s life and the glue that held their family together. Charlene's greatest joy was being a mom and serving in her community. Her two biggest passions were raising awareness for Autism and helping the veterans in her community.
When Charlene received the prognosis for stage 4 bile duct cancer, she fought hard. She wanted to be there for her family and was determined to beat it. When she received the news she wasn't going to beat cancer, Steve and Charlene decided to make their last days special.
“We’ve been together for 28 years and married 25 in September, but with the doctors’ reports, we may not make that,” he said. They quickly planned to renew their wedding vows. Her sister Ellen Huff added, "We quickly planned a renewal ceremony for her and her husband for Valentine’s Day, we figured what better way to celebrate their love story than on the day of love."
Within 24 hours of planning, Charlene walked down the aisle in her original wedding dress and bald from her fight with cancer. Despite that, she never felt more beautiful walking down the aisle to the love of her life with her sons by her side.
“This has just been amazing I can’t believe it’s been just 24 hours and this all got pulled off. It has just been so special,” Charlene said.
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The pair celebrated their time left by loving each other and embracing every moment with Charlene. A month later, she passed from her husband's arms into the arms of Jesus. She left them with wise words, "No matter how hard life gets, you have to hold on to each other.”
Saying goodbye isn't easy, and it doesn't come naturally. Steve and his children have the hope of being reunited with Charlene as she waits for them in celebration of her mighty savior. May the Owens find comfort Charlene has been freed of her cancer-ravaged body and is whole, healed, and free.
"I found the one I love. I held on to him and would not let him go," Song of Solomon 3:4.
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