Wilma Fausett Owen
SIKESTON — Wilma Lee Fausett Owen, 91, passed away peacefully with her two sons by her side on the first day of Spring, March 19, 2020. She was born Dec. 17, 1928, in Parma, Missouri, daughter of Fred and Dorothy Powell.
She married Charles David (Charly) Fausett on Dec. 28, 1946, who preceded her death on Sept. 19, 1972. They owned and operated Fausett Distributing Company. Even following Charles’ untimely death, Wilma continued to operate the company until the time it was sold. Charles and Wilma were actively involved in the Sikeston community. Wilma was a charter member of the Women’s Jaycees, loved her bridge club, and church. Wilma taught for over 35 years, primarily for Sikeston Public Schools. Her passion was teaching her first graders, which she fondly remembered with a smile on her face. It brought her so much joy when she would see former students out on the town. She loved each one of them.
Wilma later married Walter “Calvin” Owen on Aug. 18, 1978, who also proceeded her in death on April 30, 2014. Some of their fondest memories included dancing, antiquing, traveling internationally, working in their yard and garden, and spending time with the grandchildren.
Some of her fondest times included getting up on Friday and Saturday mornings, and going to garage sales, thrift stores, antique stores, and the flea markets on the hunt for unusual antiques. She would often say the sounds of roosters crowing at the Sikeston Trade Winds, which she was able to hear when walking out the back door, was music to her ears. As a hobby, she bought and sold antiques and was a long-time member of the area’s antique culture, in which she made many friends.
Wilma was known for her resilience, suffering many losses throughout her life. She faced difficulties with strength and grace, which her family will remember her for. Along with her many talents and attributes, Wilma had an eye for fashion and was always dressed to impress. She never lost her love for that even as she grew older.
Wilma is survived by two sons, Charles David (Regina) Fausett of Bartlett, Tenn., and Mark Steven (Kathy) Fausett of Jackson, Mo.; two granddaughters, Charly (Jesse) Essner of Jackson and Lauren Fausett of Bartlett; and one great-granddaughter, Remley Kate Essner of Jackson.
A private graveside service will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, in Sikeston.
Wilma would want donations to be made to the Sikeston Public School Foundation, 1002 Virginia Street, Sikeston MO 63801.