MS. NEW HAMPSHIRE SENIOR AMERICA 2016,
CONGRATULATIONS to FRAN OWENS, Ms. New Hampshire 2016!
Fran was born in the small town of Bingham, Maine. God gave her the gift of music and she was singing on stage at the age of four. At six she was studying classical piano, tap dancing, twirling batons and doing variety shows in her surrounding area. She was singing with a 5 piece band at 15. She entered, and won, talent contests on local television all through high school. She played organ in her church during the summer time, and taught bible study for 6 years.
After high school, she graduated from Hair Dressing School, got married and started a family. After leaving Maine at 19, and spending three years in Elk City, Oklahoma, She relocated in Southern New Hampshire. Her singing career took precedence over her beauty shop, and she sang at clubs in her local area. Her children went to school and graduated from high school in Salem, NH. At 23 she was booked out of Boston, Ma. She sang in Boston, New York Las Vegas, Florida South America, the Caribbean, and California. She was chosen out of many applicants to do Navy Appreciation week in South Florida and sang on board the USS Theodore Roosevelt in 1984.
Fran has recorded 35 albums singing standards, oldies, light country, and original songs she wrote about her life experiences.
She owned her own writing company “For You Only” from 1986 to 1991 which included all occasion cards, wedding invitations, and eulogies.
Starting In 1988 she studied nutrition for five years, and became certified to teach. She taught classes on: “Did You Know That Being Healthy is a Choice.”
In 1993 she left society as she knew it, and took a job as “head cook”, at Shepard’s Gate homeless shelter in Greenville, South Carolina. She lived at the shelter for a year and a half, and found it very gratifying to apply herself in ways she had never known as an entertainer.
Fran found out about Senior America in 2005 and because she had lived in Massachusetts for many years, competed at the age of 64 and won the title of Ms. Massachusetts Senior America in 2007. She has enjoyed dedicating her life to entertaining in nursing homes, assisted livings, adult day cares and Senior Centers. She has finally found a place where she “fits in”, and meets women who shares her dream, and enjoys some “glitz and glitter”. She has written and recorded many songs for the “senior age group”. She has 7 CDs, and a TV show dedicated to Senior America, which is on her website: www.franowens.com.
She has always loved to sew and decorate, so she has developed her own clothes line called “FRAN” TASTIC CREATIONS! She has designed over 100 of her cocktail dresses, gowns, and even her own casual clothes. She also designs belts, shoes and hand bags.
Fran is the mother of four grown children (two girls and two boys), grandmother to nine grandchildren and is happier at this stage of her life than ever before. She loves her relationship with her grandchildren and always makes time for them in the middle of her singing career, and traveling. She plans to stay a close part of Senior America., as it is never too late to fulfill your dreams.