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Florine M. "Hootie" Owens, 67, of Peoria, passed away Sunday, October 31, 2010, at Methodist Hospital in Peoria, Ill. She was born on May 11, 1943, in Argyle, Mo., to William P. and Anna M. Hilke Reinkemeyer. She married Richard L. Owens on November 23, 1963, in Argyle, Mo. He passed away on September 14, 2003, in Peoria. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and one sister. Hootie acquired her nickname from when she was very young. She would climb up a tree that was in her yard and sing. Her older brothers would tease her, saying she was singing like a "hoot owl." The name Hootie stuck and her entire hometown of Argyle was soon calling her Hootie. Hootie enjoyed going to movies and playing cards with friends, sewing, crocheting, having the family over for dinners, celebrations and holidays but most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her grandson Jack. Hootie is survived by two sons, Richard Jr. (Beth) Owens of Dunlap and Dennis (Shari) Owens of Chillicothe; one grandson, Jack Owens; two brothers, Vincent (Mary Jane) Reinkemeyer of Meta, Mo. and Fred (Betty) Reinkemeyer of Brazito, Mo.; two sisters, Dolores Gayle of Portland, Ore. and Laura Knight of Richland, Wash.; and one sister-in-law, Rosell/Users/frontdesk/Desktop/10owens.jpga Reinkemeyer of St. Thomas, Mo. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 4, 2010, at Wright & Salmon Chapel, Peoria, Ill. with Pastor Tom Thomas officiating. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday and 30 minutes before the services. Entombment will be in Resurrection Mausoleum. Memorial contributions may be made to OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, 2265 W. Altorfer Dr., Peoira, IL 61615. www.osfhomecare.org Tributes and condolences may be submitted to www.wrightandsalmon.com
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