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Dessie Mae Owens

July 17, 1931 — April 6, 2022

Dessie Mae Bullock Owens was called home on April 6, 2022, at her daughter’s home in Arkadelphia.  Her love, support, and commitment to her family were only exceeded by her faith, belief, and love for our Heavenly Father who she now joins.

Dessie Mae was born July 17, 1931, in Griffithtown, Arkansas to John Ivory and Dessie Lee Brim Bullock. She was the eldest daughter born to this couple. She was a graduate of the now historic Peake High School. In October of 1959, she married Roosevelt Owens and they were married for 39 years until his passing on October 8, 1998. They moved to Rockford, Illinois and to this union 10 children were born.  She worked for several years as a home health worker. She always sowed seeds of patience and being kind knowing one day she would reap that same harvest.

While in Rockford she was a member of Gomez Chapel AME Church for over 30 years. Dessie loved to shop and always kept the latest suits, hats, and purses. She was an Eastern Star and a member of Queen Ester Lodge. In addition to spending time with family, she loved to travel back and forth to Rockford. Spending quality time with family and friends was her greatest joy.

From childhood through adulthood, Dessie was always affiliated with a body of believers. She supported her brother-in-law and sister, Elder G. C., and Missionary Nolen in their ministry at New Hope COGIC where she re-dedicated her life to Christ.  She served as an usher and with the hospitality ministry.

Dessie moved back to Arkansas and continued to work as a home health provider with “It’s All About You”. She made lasting friendships with clients, families, and the other staff. Her hobbies included watching wrestling, cooking, and bowling. As a way to stay connected she created the CB handle “Lady Soul”. One attribute that stood out about Dessie was her will of independence. She was truly lived to be a blessing and not a burden. She will be sorely missed by family, her New Hope family, friends, colleagues, and any life that she touched.

She leaves beautiful memories with ten children: Annie Sue Avington of Rockford, IL, Robert Huddleston of Rockford, IL, Linda (Joseph) Vawters of Rockford, IL, Roosevelt Owens, Jr., of Arkadelphia, AR, Dessie A. Owens-Page of Arkadelphia, AR, Vivian Rouse of Hot Springs, Village, AR, Eva Owens of Rockford, IL, Paul Owens of Arkadelphia, AR, Pauline Owens of Arkadelphia, AR and Keith (Sharitta) Owens of Rockford, IL; twenty-six grandchildren, fifty-three great-grandchildren, and great- great-grandchildren. She also leaves a bonus son, John (Vanessa) Owens of Ocala, FL, a godson, Larry Buckley, two goddaughters, Yolanda Daniels and Karen Dowthard, as well as, nieces, nephews, cousins, special friends, Eula Mae Henson, Mae Lois, Mae Francis Owens, Laura Lee Gulley, Clinton Campbell, Louise Jones, Mrs. Duehart, Edna Widger, Roy, Richard and Perry from “It’s All About You” and many other friends.

She was preceded in passing by her parents, John Ivory Bullock and Dessie Lee Brim Bullock; her husband, Roosevelt Owens, Sr., her sister, Annie Nolen who transitioned on April 4, 2020, and two grandsons, Abraham James Owens and Timothy Lamont Clark.

Viewing will be Friday, April 15, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home.

A celebration of her life will be shared with family and friends on Saturday, April 16, 2022, at noon at the Rec Center in Feaster Park, with Superintendent Leroy Williams, eulogist. Interment will be at Harmony Community Cemetery.

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Service Schedule

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"A Life Remembered"

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Starts at 12:00 pm (Central time)

Arkadelphia Rec Center - Feaster Park

2555 Twin Rivers Dr, Arkadelphia, AR 71923

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