Surrounded by her family, Viola Helen Owens - Wilson, 92, of Glenwood passed away March 30, 2014.
Helen was born July 7, 1921 in Rush County to Harley and Myrtle (Jones) Spacey. Helen graduated from Carmel High School in 1940. She married Ted Owens on Feb. 2, 1941. She and Ted owned and operated the Fifth Wheel Standard Station in New Salem. Ted was later elected Rush County Sheriff and Helen served as the Rush County Jail matron from 1970 to 1976. During this time, she always made sure the deputies and the State Police officers had homemade pie and fresh coffee.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Ted, in November 1975. Helen was elected Rush County Clerk and served that position with pride from 1976 to 1984. She joined in marriage with Bob Wilson in January 1981. He died in 1984. She retired from her career of public service and was able to spend an enormous amount of time with family and friends.
Helen was a member of the Little Flatrock Christian Church. She was a committed member of the Republican Party and served on the election board for many years. She dearly loved volunteering at Rush Memorial Hospital and visiting with so many folks. She played cards weekly with her group of card buddies. She also spent many years on various bowling leagues. The most recent league was better known as the “Coffee Break League” and her team was “Helen’s Girls," of which she was team captain. Helen loved to cook. She was well known for her chocolate and butterscotch cream pies, as well as her chicken noodle casseroles.
Helen is survived by her son, Teddy (wife Rosetta) Owens of New Salem; daughters Karon (husband Steven) Koenig of Hermiston, Ore., Rea Sue (husband Dick) Booe of Veedersburg, and Cindy (husband Joe) Holmes of Plainwell, Mich.; sisters Joretta (husband Al) Gottlieb of Tennessee and Una Frazier of North Carolina. She is a grandmother to 11 grandchildren and 25great grandchildren as well as a beloved aunt and great aunt to several nieces and nephews.