Beth Owen

Beth Lynne Owen, 64, of Milton, FL and formerly of Ft. Madison, IA, died Saturday, December 2, 2023 in Milton from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. The Kimzey Funeral Home, 213 N. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, is assisting  Beth’s family with local arrangements.

On-Line condolences may be directed to

Beth Lynne Carpenter was born March 20, 1959, in Cleveland, OH. She was the daughter of Charles and Marcia (Stubing) Carpenter. Beth was united in marriage to Bobby Porter. The couple later divorced. On October 11, 1998, Beth was united in marriage to Alan “Buck” Owen. Mr. Owen died in 2004.

Beth loved to play pool. She played on several pool leagues for many years. She was especially fond of going to pool tournaments. Beth also loved riding her motorcycle and attending bike rallys. She was a member of District 18 ABATE of Iowa. Her true passion, however, was being among her family and friends. She enjoyed socializing with the many people she met. She never knew a stranger. Once you met Beth, you would remember her as she would definitely remember you.

Those grateful for sharing in Beth’s life include her children – Robert (Casey) Porter of Kearney, MO, Janeene (Ray Simmons) Porter of Salem, IA and Jeremiah (Rayna Buckner) Porter of Keokuk, IA; 5 siblings – Donna Ford of Ohio, Michael Neargardner of Lakewood, OH, Amy (William) Kuhn of Elyria, OH, Barbara (Craig) Roshaven of Ft. Worth, TX and Lydia (Ron) Huffman of Milton, FL; 9 grandchildren – Nicholas porter, Triston Surratt, Dezirae Porter, Ethan Porter, Ryan Simmons, Raelyn Simmons, Essance Smeltser and Eylissa Smeltser as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband Alan, sister-in-law Helen Neargardner and sister Daphne Lindsey precede Beth in death.