Funeral Services for Mrs. Margaret Ann Owens, 91, who passed away at her home in Gilson, July 27th, were held Sunday afternoon in the Methodist Church at Williamsfield, The Rev. C. W. Leonard of Abingdon, assisted by the Rev. T. L. Kneebone of Williamsfield officiated. Miss Dorothy Troth of Elmwood sang the "Old rugged Cross" and " The Home over There", with Russell Remmille of Elmwood at the piano.
Pallbears were three grandsons and three great grandsons of the deceased Leo Scott, Lawrence Hall, James O. Baird, Merrill and LeRoy Dunbar, Harold Stickell, services were largely attended by many relatives and friends from a distance.
Margaret Ann Smith was born in the state of Virginia, Jan. 18 1841. She came to Illinois with her family when a young child and had resided in Elba Township until the past few years. She received her education in the school and Sunday Schools of the community.
March 18, 1868, she married George Owens, and 12 children were born in this union. She was an unusually energetic women and devoted to her home and family striving ever to do the best she could, always thinking of others beofore herself while faculty she maintained through her declining years. She will be sadly missed by her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, to whom she endeared herself and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband and one son, Wilfred, and is survived by five sons, and six daughters - Mrs. Minnie Baird of Gilson, Smith Owens, East St. Louis, E. L Owens of Knoxville, O. , Knoxville, O. O. Owens, Cumberland, Wis., Mrs. M. E. Scott, Gilson, Mrs. Edith Hall, Elmwood, Mrs. W. E. Brown, Riverside Cal., Mrs. Sam Duncan, Delong, Mrs. R. O. Baird, Williamsfield, Jay and Kay Owens, Elmwood, 23 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; also by two half brothers, Jacob Light of Los Angeles, Cal, and Joseph Light, Manhattan, Kansas.