December 18, 1936 – May 12, 2017


Helen Joyce Owens, of Newton, passed away on Friday, May 12, 2017 at 10:30 am at her home.

Arrangements are entrusted to J.W. Neal Funeral Home of Louisville, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 16, 2017.  A private family service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the family to assist with funeral expenses and will be received at the funeral home.  Please visit to leave memorial tributes, condolences or to light a candle.


Helen was born December 18, 1936, in Edgewood, IL, the daughter of the late Albert Hockman and the late Tressa (Cohea) Hockman.  In June of 1994, she married Richard Owens in Bogota, IL. She was employed by GM and ADM factories in Decatur, IL, and also worked cleaning homes.  She loved flowers and gardening.


Helen is survived by her husband Richard of Newton; son, David (Valerie) Larck of Lovington; step-sons, Mike Owens of Louisville and Richard (Gina) Owens of Watson; daughters, Loretta (Harold) Marsh of Olney, Lawanda (Butch) Woodward of Thornton, CO; sister, Janice (John) Carter, Gassville, AR; thirteen grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild.


She is preceded in death by her parents, step son Jamie Owens, brother Robert Hockman, sister Nina Everett, and granddaughter Ashla Owens.