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    Thelma  Viola (Giger) Owen, age 94, passed away Monday, April 15, 2013 at Truman Healthcare Center where she had been a resident for the past 14 months.

   Thelma, the second child of Grover and Theo (Riddle) Giger, was born September 25, 1918, near Irwin, Missouri. She was a life-long resident of that community.

   Thelma and Ernest W. Owen were married on November 29, 1936, at the home of her parents. They had been married nearly 65 years at his death on November 15, 2001.

   She was a homemaker and had been employed over twenty years as a seamstress making jeans and jackets for Big Smith Manufacturing Co., Lamar. Thelma enjoyed the outdoors, working in the garden and yard. She raised vegetables, "food for her body" and flowers, "food for her soul". Ernest and Thelma spent many hours working together in the timber, cutting wood and picking up walnuts, watching the deer and turkeys and feeding the birds.

   Thelma was baptized as a teenager and for 75 years faithfully attended Irwin Community Church until her health began to fail. She served in many ways; as a member of the church board, a Sunday School teacher, a VBS teacher, and provided flowers from her garden. Thelma enjoyed studying the Bible, reading it through at least once, and often twice during the year. Her "calling" was letter writing. Many friends have been blessed and encouraged by her letters and her family cherish the ones they have received.

   She is survived by her children, Wayne and Willa Owen, Lamar; Carolyn and Gary Fowler, Sheldon; Roy and Linda Owen, Lamar; Marjorie and Sam Crabtree, Liberal; grandchildren, Rhonda Hackathorne, Terri Chadd, Edeana Castlebury, Dana Evans, Deana LeGrand, Christy Fowler, Diana Cooper, Dana Schanot, Amy Shaw, Rebecca Baldwin, Nathan Crabtree and Paul Crabtree; twenty-eight great grandchildren and eighteen great-great grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers and their wives, George and Nora Giger, El Dorado Springs, and Marion and Leila Giger, Lamar; a sister, Ethel White, Lamar, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

   In addition to her parents and husband, Thelma was preceded in death by an infant son, Leslie Howard Owen; great grandson, Justin Archer; great-great grandchildren Kylie and Hayden Hudson, a brother, Clyde Giger, and two sisters, Virginia Giger and Wilma Rice.

        Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday April 18, 2013  at Daniel Funeral Home Chapel where the family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:00p.m. Thursday.  Burial will be in Sheldon Cemetery.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Irwin Community Church.


#8 ordway colo.Bruce Collins 2016-09-24 12:57
Thelma's child hood friend passed away at 98 at Crowley county Colorado nursing home on June 10 2016 2 days after mothers day. I have come across many of Thelma's correspondence to my mother as I have been going through the precious memories of Eleanor's life. My mother always talked highly of Thelma and on one occasion all of us visited Mrs. Owens at her home in Missouri. God bless
#7 Webb CityJoan W. Hughes Josie Pearline 2013-04-18 18:02
Thelma and I were close as sisters, since I didn't have a sister God gave me her. We were a very close family. Uncle Grover and my dad John Waring were very good friends. Every year threshing wheat was a picnic for us kids. Thelma and I enjoyed especially making dolls dresses for our dolls. We'd all get together and go treasure hunting in grandmas' backyard, we would find pretty color pieces of glass. When we moved to California it was Thelma who wrote wonderful letters to us keeping us informed with what was going on with the family left behind. I will miss her dearly, if only she could write a letter from Heaven. We will have a great reunion in Heaven one day
#6 Brad and Rhonda Overstreet 2013-04-18 05:38
Diana & all thefamily,

We are saddened to hear of your loss. Take comfort you will be rejoined once again. God bless you and we love you
#5 SheldonLarry and Mary Fowler 2013-04-17 11:55
Carolyn, Gary, Christy and the Owens family,
Please accept our condolences.
#4 Sheldon, MoScotty Scoville 2013-04-17 07:19
To the family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you all will be in my thoughts and prayers daily.
#3 Kansas City, MOJanet Hornecker Perrin 2013-04-16 05:49
So sorry to hear of your loss. Thelma and my Mom(Lela)were more like sisters than cousins. I have a studio picture of them as babies which I cherish....Remember a lot of good Sunday afternoons at Grandma and Grandpa Giger's' which always included ice cream and some very good cakes...May God comfort you at this time knowing she is walking the streets of heaven with those she loves.
#2 Lamar, MOJanet Dermott 2013-04-15 18:45
My prayers go out to the family as you are dealing with the grief. Your tears and heart ache are a tribute to a very special woman who touched so many. Her spiritual strength and love for you has blessed you all and may you find comfort in that.
#1 Midland, TexasTom & Mary Ann Harman 2013-04-15 16:40
To the entire Owen family:
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Mary Ann and I want you to know that our thoughts are with your family during this difficult time.

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