- Business Advocacy
Marsha Owens, affectionately known as Cookie, passed away Jan. 10. She left a wonderful legacy in Alhambra having been in business nearly 50 years with her Alhambra Beauty Supply.
Cookie was a southern girl, born in Norfolk, Virginia, Dec. 15, 1942, into a proud Navy family. Her father, grandfather, and uncles all served. Her father was career Navy serving all over the world and finally settling in California, where Cookie went to high school in Coronado. In San Diego, she met her first husband, Lyman Latta, in 1961. They came to Los Angeles and had two sons, Robert and James Latta. In 1970, she was widowed. In 1972, she bought Alhambra Beauty Supply to support her and her boys and became one of the first women to own her own home in Alhambra.
The next year she married Gerald Owens and had a daughter, Sherry. In 1988, she was widowed again. She lost her son James in 2009. In 2015, she was semiretired and started working from her home. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017 and beat it in 2018. Cookie was a devoted mother and sister and loved all her family deeply. She was a pioneer owning her own business in 1972. She was an amazing business woman. She was active in her community and was loved by many. She will be dearly missed.
Cookie is survived by her children Robert and Sherry, her grandsons Michael and Luke Latta, four great grandchildren, and her sister and family here and in Virginia.