Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14 at First Baptist Church, Lebanon, for Mrs. Stephens, 87, of Lebanon. The widow of the late John E. Stephens, she died March 7, 2015.
She was born in Cashmere, Washington and grew up on Brender Road in the Brender Valley area which was first settled by her great grandfather when he came to America from Germany.
Mrs. Stephens graduated from Cashmere High School and attended Wenatchee Junior College in Wenatchee, WA. She loved music and participated in singing and hand bell choirs at the various Air Force Bases where she and her husband were stationed and at First Baptist Church in Lebanon where her family settled after John's retirement in 1967.
Mrs. Stephens was an active member and served as an officer in the Officer's Wives Club where ever they were stationed, The Village Women's Club, Lebanon Music Club and Wilson County Republican Women.
Whatever role that she served whether it was wife, mother, grandmother or friend, she served from the heart.
Survivors include: children Lonnie (Peggy) Stephens of Lafayette, Tom (Maggie) Stephens of Memphis and Charnell (Dr. Bruce) Johnson of Lebanon.
She also leaves behind grandchildren, Dr. Trenton Stephens of Raleigh, NC; Aubrey Johnson of Florence, Italy; Mallory, Heath and Luke Johnson of Lebanon as well as special family friends Lisa Sorrels and Pat Woody of Lebanon; nieces Delores Brender Helmholz of Tacoma, WA and Sandra Brender Buckland of Wenatchee, WA and the staff of The Pavilion.
Visitation will be held 10 a.m. until the service Saturday, March 14 at Lebanon's First Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Nellie Brender and older brothers Walter and Clifford -- all of Cashmere.
Arrangements are in the care of Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel.