A celebration of her life is scheduled for 2 p.m. June 3 at the Gladiss Edwards Auditorium on the PHS campus. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be sent to the Scholarship Fund c/o Mrs. Costa at PHS, 2925 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! At Whittier High School, Owens became a varsity cheerleader and later was the first female cheerleader at Pasadena City College. She graduated from UCLA in 1955 and began a career as a physical education teacher and drill team instructor, leading PHS’s drill team, the “Long Red Line,” for many years. The 51-member drill team was known for its trademark red dresses and white gloves and earned many awards over the years. Its members performed at Los Angeles Rams and Dodgers games, before the San Diego Chargers and Baltimore Colts and in Switzerland. Owens is survived by her brother, Richard, and sister-in-law, Charlotte Owens, and by nieces and nephews Kristen, Scott and Krystal Sanders, and by Kimberly, Dale, Anthony, Cory and Brittany Fishely. Owens was buried with her parents at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier. PASADENA – Joanne Owens, a longtime Pasadena High School teacher and instructor for PHS’s award-winning drill team, died on April 20. She was 74. Owens was at PHS from 1955 to 1990, teaching physical education and health. She was born in Asheville, N.C., the daughter of Errol and Alva Owens, said her brother, Richard. She and Richard formed a well-known dancing duo when Joanne was just 4, performing at a presidential ball and donating 3,000 hours of performances to East Coast USOs during World War II. They appeared as dancers in the 1946 movie “It’s A Wonderful Life,” with James Stewart and Donna Reed. They moved to California in 1942 and won a television dance competition, which led to their own television show, “Teen Town,” in 1949.
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