After a very full and active life Elias died on Friday, 19 May, 1899, aged 65, as the following extracts from The North Wales Chronicle, Saturday, 27 May 1899, relate, under the heading
DEATH AND FUNERAL OF A. WELSH CLERGYMAN:
On Friday evening the death occurred suddenly of the Rev. Elias Owen, M.A., F.S.A., vicar of Llanyblodwel, at the age of 65. About a couple of months ago Mr Owen had an attack of influenza and bronchitis, but he had recovered sufficiently to resume his duties, and on Friday he was busily engaged on a work he had in hand, “The Holy Wells of North Wales,” until about 7.30 in the evening, when Mrs Owen heard a noise in the smoking room, and on going there found her husband on the floor, crying for help. She hastened to fetch the groom, who, after making Mr Owen as comfortable as he could, went for Dr. Lewis, of Llansantffraid, but by the time he arrived Mr Owen had passed peacefully away, never having regained consciousness.
The deceased was an able scholar and broad-minded Christian, highly esteemed by all his parishioners.
His obituary in the Montgomeryshire Collections described him as, "pre-eminently a worker; even his relaxation was work. The first place he gave to the present claims of his office and ministry; the second to those remains which illustrate in monument and folk-lore the life of the past."