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Sarah “Sally” Owens

Sarah "Sally" Owens


Sarah “Sally” Ellen Owens, 92, of Sparta, IL, formerly of Marissa, IL; born on May 2, 1928 in Billett, IL; passed away on Sunday, November 1, 2020 at home.

Sally loved children and enjoyed their company.  Cliff and Sally were one of the couples that helped start and operate the Sunshine Corner in Marissa.  She always had you leaving with a smile on your face with her saying, “see you later alligator, after awhile crocodile”.  She was the type of person that always went out of her way to help others.

Sally was preceded in death by her Parents – Reverend Frank W. and Elsie (Harris) Tredway.  First husband – Clelan Harrell.  Three brothers – Hobart, George and Dale Tredway.  One sister – Frances Howard.

She is survived by her husband – Clifford Owens to whom she married in October of 1983.  Two children – William Harrell of Tempe, AZ and Belinda (David) Diecker of Marissa, IL.  Five grandchildren – Amanda Harrell, Jeffrey Harrell, Ryan (Suzette) Diecker, Christina (John Gerger) Diecker, and Andrew (Alison Innes) Diecker.  Three great grandchildren – Connor, Madison and Adeline.  Two step great grandchildren – Fin and Marlee.  One sister – Martha (Bob) Philips of Ocklawaha, FL.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Sonshine Corner or Marissa Methodist Church.

Visitation: Due to COVID-19 restrictions that have been put in place, a private visitation will be held for the family.

Funeral: Public graveside services will be held at the Marissa Township Cemetery on Friday, November 6, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.  Face masks and social distancing are required.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at

Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL is in charge of arrangements.

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  1. Cliff, I’m so sorry to hear the news of Sally’s passing. She was always sweet and kind to our family. Love and peace to you.

  2. Dear Owens, Harrell and Diecker Families,
    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of dear Sally. We sadly didn’t get to meet her but understand she was a loving soul and was well loved in return. May you be comforted by many fond memories of her. With our sincerest condolences. Guy & Marisa (Stargiotti) Rotondo

  3. Charlie and Elaine heyl says:

    We are sorry to hear of Sally’s passing. We remember her as a friend over the many years that all of you were here. She always seemed to have a smile and good word to say

  4. Cathie Raney says:

    Sally was a delightful person. She and Cliff shared their table at Cedarhurst on a few occasions with my brother Leon. She will be greatly missed. She put a lot of Sonshine in many lives. God bless you with His peace and comfort

  5. Jim and Carol Haury says:

    Bill, Belinda and Cliff, so sorry to hear of Sally’s passing. Please know many share your grief.

  6. Mike Bottiaux says:


    We were so saddened to hear the news of Sally’s passing. I always enjoyed seeing the both of you together, Sally always had such a kind heart. Cliff, please know that she will always be with you & please know that we will always be here for you.

  7. Don and Dorothy Bollmeier says:

    Sally was such a beautiful person. She will be greatly missed. Our most sincere sympathy to her family.

  8. Carol DeBis-Harrell says:

    I felt blessed to have Sally as my mother-in-law. I am thankful for the relationship we had; we enjoyed each other’s company and teasing one another! I always appreciated Sally’s sense of style and decorating. It was such fun to visit her home during the holidays; she made it cozy and inviting. Some of my favorite memories are simply our conversations in the living room, talking easily and openly – something people seldom do now in our rushed world. I also have wonderful memories of Sally and Cliff visiting in Arizona. Sally loved the cactus and often on walks picked up rocks to take home. She appreciated nature and simple beauty – something we shared. I will miss her dearly but will be happy to remember her sweet smile and quiet demeanor and many lovely moments with her. God bless you, Cliff and Belinda and family.

  9. robert mudd says:

    Cliff,Sorry for your loss.I will stay in touch.Your friend Bob Mudd!

  10. Laurie Reuss says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Praying for you.

  11. Bill and Jana Fett says:

    So sorry for your loss. She was a very kind lady. Our kids enjoyed visiting as they would ride their bikes past their house.

  12. Heather Bollmeier says:

    So sorry for your loss. Sally was a wonderful lady!

  13. Pamela Sinn Hargan says:

    So saddened to read if Sally’s passing. Another great Marissa icon gone. Sally was always such a sweet, caring and kind person. I’m so sorry and will pray for the family!
    Thoughts and blessings to you all,
    Pamela Sinn Hargan and Myron Hargan

    • Lea Richey Barrett says:

      To Clifford, the Harrell and Dietrich family we express our heartfelt sympathy. Sally was an extraordinary lady. There are many in the community who will mourn her passing. And, I, Lea, appreciated her friendship as Sunrise neighbors to my parents and I in the sixties. Blessings to you, Sally, and to you all.

  14. Joe Cusick says:

    I’m sorry for you lose, I know you thought the world of Sally.

  15. Kathy Wright says:

    Cliff I am so sorry to hear about Sally . She is such a kind hearted soul. Your family is in our prayers.

  16. Linda Lehman Vincent says:

    My sympathy to you Cliff, Bill and Belinda. I can picture that sweet smile of Sally’s. May God comfort you during this difficult time

  17. Connie and Ed Rhein says:

    So sorry to hear about Sally. She was also friendly and never knew a stranger. Our sympathy to all her family and friends.

  18. Anna lay says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with Cliff and the family! Enjoyed the time that I had with Sally, she was an amazing lady.

  19. Kyle Simon says:

    Dear cliff, it’s me Kyle Simon. I’m the one who came to visit you when pastor David was around. I’m so sorry that sally passed away. I wish I would of got to visit you two. You two are a very sweet couple, I wish I would come and visit you guys more often, I’d enjoy you and sally’s Company, I’d miss you both very much. I love you cliff. Sally I’m sorry if I haven’t had the chance to spend time with you. I’d miss you so much. I’m dishearten to see you go, but I’d promise Jesus will be by your side. You’re a very sweet woman. I will be praying for you tonight. Stay strong cliff, I love you buddy.

  20. Stan and Bev says:

    We were sorry to hear of Sally’s passing. Heavens sweeter with her entrance. Thinking of all of you. Hugs Cliff , Love Stan and Bev

  21. SHERRI Wildt says:

    Dear Cliff, Bill and Belinda – We were so sorry to learn of Sally’s death. We send our sympathy along with our love and prayers. Cliff, you will always have a special place in my heart. Ken and Sherri Wildt – Florida

    • Carol Mercer says:

      Dear Cliff, Belinda, and other loved ones – I’ve know you all since I first came to Marissa as a teacher. Sally was very special to me. She was such a beautiful lady – inside and out. Because of our Christian faith, and hers was strong, we know she is now
      charming the Heaven hosts.

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