Owen’s mother and Mr. Meany’s wife. She never leaves the house or opens the windows, because she is supposedly allergic to dust. She rarely speaks, and she is likely mentally impaired. She wholeheartedly believes that she became pregnant with Owen while she was still a virgin, like Mary, and was painfully ostracized when she looked to members of the Catholic Church for support. After Owen hits the baseball that kills Tabitha Wheelwright in a freak accident, Mrs. Meany becomes convinced that her son is the child of God. After Owen is killed by a grenade, she often sits by the fireplace and wears his American flag as a shawl, until it accidentally catches fire one night and burns her. She dies in the hospital.
Mrs. Meany Character Timeline in A Prayer for Owen Meany
The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Meany appears in A Prayer for Owen Meany. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: The Foul Ball
Chapter 4: The Little Lord Jesus
Chapter 5: The Ghost of the Future
Chapter 9: The Shot