MOREHOUSE - Helen Margaret Murrie Davis Owings, 100, a longtime resident of Morehouse, died Feb. 7, 2008.
She was the daughter of William and Teresa Riney Murrie, born on May 6, 1907, in Morehouse. She graduated from Morehouse High School and attended Cape Girardeau Teacher's College.
Her teaching career began at Charter Oak and continued through 25 years in the Morehouse Elementary School. She was also employed at Rauch's Drug Store for 20 years.
A longtime member of the Morehouse Methodist Church, she held the position of treasurer and "dumpling maker." Other organizations she belonged to were Eastern Star and Retired Teacher's Association.
When time allowed, she enjoyed traveling extensively with tour groups and visiting her children and grandchildren. Her hands and mind were always busy sewing, knitting, crocheting, working crossword puzzles or reading.
She married Leonard A. Davis on May 11, 1929, in Charleston. Of this union, three children were born: Margaret (Pud) Randolph, Robert (Judy) Davis and John (Greta) Davis.
On Nov. 29, 1952, she was wed to Virgil W. Owings, and became mother to his children: Betty (John) Smith, Nadine (Tom) Alliston, Wanda (Bob) Signaigo, Virgil "Bud" (Barbara) Owings, Sue (Dan) Palen and Guy (Pam) Owings.
In addition to her children, she is survived by 29 grandchildren, 54 great-
grandchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; sisters, Barbara Hellman and Wilma Keighler; brother, Harry Murrie; one daughter, Wanda Signaigo; and two grandchildren.
Visitation will be from noon until time of services at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston, with her great-grandson, the Rev. Jason Davis, First Baptist Church of Perryville, officiating.
Burial will follow at the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Sikeston.
Pallbearers will be: Grey Davis, Jim Davis, Tim Davis, Jackie Gross, Frankie Conci and Beecher Williams.
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Memorials in her honor may be made to:
Golconda Public Library 126 W. Main St. Golconda, IL, 62938-0253
Rauch-Spence Memorial Methodist Church Morehouse, MO
or an organization of donor's choice