Valada, nee Stein, Owens, 102, of Tilden, IL; born on June 8, 1916 in Lenzburg, IL; passed away on May 31, 2019 at Coulterville Care Center in Coulterville, IL.
Mrs. Owens was a homemaker. She was a member of the Tilden Church of the Nazarene. Valada was a lifelong resident of Randolph County and was awarded the title of Mother of the Year from WHCO. When she attained the age of 100 she received a certificate from the Governor of Illinois commemorating the occasion. Valada was an exceptional cook, excellent pinnacle and Yahtzee player, a very serious fisherwoman and a huge St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan. Most of all she was a very devoted and loving mother.
She was preceded in death by her parents – Phillip and Ollie, nee Jones, Stein. Her husband – Ardell Owens whom she married on August 18, 1933 in Belleville, IL and who passed away on October 8, 1988. Two daughters – Patricia Dorf and Melba Williams. Three sons-in-law – Joseph Dorf; Kenneth Williams and Clifford Foertsch. She was also preceded in death by one half-brother and two half-sisters.
She is survived by her children – Dennis (Shirley) Owens of Foley, AL; Frances Foertsch of Tilden, IL; Donald (Judy) Owens of Franklin, KY; Cheryl (James) Sommer of New Athens, IL; Leonard (Ginger) Owens of Tilden, IL. Twenty-one grandchildren; forty-three great-grandchildren and a host of great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Memorials may be made to the Tilden Scholarship Fund.
Condolences to the family may be expressed on line at www.heilschuessler.com.
Visitation: Friends may call at Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Tilden, IL on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 from 9:00am to 11:00am.
Funeral: A celebration of Valada’s life will be held at Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Tilden, IL on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 11:00am with Rev. Paul Hahn officiating.
Interment: Burial will be held in the Tilden Cemetery in Tilden, IL.
Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Tilden, IL are in charge of arrangements.