Elaine Owen, 87, of Clarksville, formerly of Russellville, died Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Clarksville. She was born October 14, 1926, in the South New Hope Community to Amos and Arnie Lewis Hutcherson. She was a 1944 graduate of Dardanelle High School and married J. R. Owen on March 18, 1944. She was the Pope County Veteran's Service Officer for many years and retired at age 75. Her proudest accomplishment was her family. She worked tirelessly to instill in her daughters, and granddaughter, the importance of hard work, education and honesty. Elaine loved music and passed that love along to her children. She and her husband were longtime supporters of the Russellville Band Program and H.L. Shepherd. She attended the First Baptist Church at Clarksville. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Russellville Band Boosters, River Valley Squares and American Legion, VFW and DAV Auxiliaries. She also enjoyed sewing, square dancing and having many good friends around the "square." She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Pam and Mike Shaw of Clarksville and Deborah Heritage of Rockwall, Texas; two sisters, Wilma Taylor of Russellville and Charlene Lueken of Helena; a granddaughter, Brittany Shaw of Clarksville; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Cecil and Emma Owen of Sikeston, Missouri; her caregiver, Sally of Clarksville; numerous nephews and nieces; and other relatives and friends. Funeral is 2 p.m. on Friday, March 7, 2014, at the Humphrey Chapel with the Rev. Darrell Bridges officiating. Private burial will be in Pisgah Cemetery at Pottsville under the direction of Humphrey Funeral Service. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the chapel. Pallbearers will be Dr. Chris Taylor, John Jakubowski, Jeff Humphrey, Larry Dale, Tim Hart, Derek Bauer and Stan Butler. The family would like to extend their heart-felt appreciation to Dr. Arnold Smith of Highland Oncology at Rogers, Dr. Darrin Freeman, Dr. John McAuley and Dr. Scott Kuykendall, all of Clarksville, and the nurses and staff at Johnson Regional Hospital for the compassionate care they gave our mom in her final days. Memorials may be made to Little Leaps Learning Academy, which Mrs. Owen, her husband and daughter, Pam, founded seven years ago, Post Office Box 56, Scranton, Arkansas 72863. The online obituary and guestbook are available at www.humphreyfuneral.com.
Published March 7, 2014