Helen Ownes

Saturday, January 19, 2002

ANNA, Ill. -- Helen Griffith Ownes, 91, of Anna died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002, at City Care Center in Anna.

She was born Jan. 26, 1910, in Anna, daughter of W. Davie and Floy Halstead Wiley.

A member of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Anna, she operated Wiley's Book Store from 1946-1975.

She and Floyd Russell Griffith were married May 29, 1928. He died Dec. 2, 1962. She then married Omer Owens Sept. 15, 1967.

Survivors include her husband; two sons, Floyd W. Griffith of Nashville, Tenn., Davie Griffith of Bloomington, Ill.; a sister, Ann Hughes of Bountiful, Utah; four stepsons, Harold Owens of Phoenix, Ariz., Gerald Owens of Grand Rapids, Mich., Thomas E. Owens of San Luis Obispo, Calif., and Kenneth Owens of Springfield, Ill.; a stepdaughter, Reva Locke of Calico, Ark.; nine grandchildren; 10 stepgrandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son and a sister.

Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Lutz & Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna.

Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, with the Revs. Steve Wilkinson and Ron Cox officiating. Burial will be in Cobden Cemetery.