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Julia A. Stephens

Julia Ann (Haley) Stephens was born February 12, 1948, in Creston, Iowa, to James Calvin Haley and Dorotha Olive (Lane) Haley. Julia passed away October 7, 2015, at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr, Iowa, at the age of 67.

Julia graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1966. She was united in marriage to Donald Lee Stephens at the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr on December 19, 1966. To this union three daughters were born, Amy, Tracy, and Margi.

The family lived most of their married life on a farm near Redding before moving to Benton in 2009. Julia worked for the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr for more than 30 years as a dietary manager.

Julia was preceded in death by her parents; parents-in-law; and two brothers-in-law, John Cason and Tim Stalker.

Left to cherish her memory are, her husband of 48 years, Donald; daughter, Amy (John) Ford of Mount Ayr, grandchildren, Andy (Annie) Ford of Creston, and Chris Ford of Mount Ayr; daughter, Tracy (Scott) Giles, grandchildren, Caitlin Giles and Connor Giles all of Mount Ayr; daughter, Margi (Scott) Belger, grandchildren, Luke Boord and Alexis Boord all of Altoona; three great-grandchildren; three siblings, Joan (Donald) Stringham of Benton, Robert (Linda) Haley of Benton, and Mary Jane (Ernie) Garrett of Diagonal; sisters-in-law, Judy Cason, Barb (Cecil) Hinshaw, Joan (Gerald) Bond, Susan (Duane) Keesen, Kathy (Jon) Goodale, Sheryl (Wes) Benedict, and Betty Stalker; brothers-in-law, Dave (Nancy) Stephens, Jack Stephens, Jim (Sally) Stephens, Jerry (Barb) Stephens, Steve (Eydie) Stephens, John (Karleen) Stephens, and Ken (Brenda) Stephens; many nieces and nephews; and special friend, Nancy Hartman.

Julia was a loving wife, mom, grandma, sister and friend. She cherished her time with her grandchildren and will be fondly remembered for her love of watching them participate in all of their activities. She enjoyed cooking and often spoiled her family with special treats and meals. Her competitive side came out when she cheered on her Royals and her Hawkeyes!

  • Visitation

    October 11, 2015
    2:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Family Will Be Present

    October 11, 2015
    5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Funeral Service

    October 12, 2015
    10:00 AM

    United Church of Diagonal

    Diagonal, IA

  • Burial

    Monday October 12 2015

    Benton Cemetery

    Benton, IA

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Prayers and much sympathy towards this family who has lost a wife, mother, & sister.

Posted by Larry & Sharon Weaver - Lenox, IA - Friends of Julia''s Family   October 14, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you. With deepest sympathy Tracy

Posted by Tracy Ford - urbandale, IA - friend   October 11, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear this sad news. I remember Julie as a terrific basketball player and a lot of fun.

Posted by Doris Bane - Laramie, WY - Friend   October 10, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I remember sharing fun times with Don and Julia at Bond''s barn parties several times. My favorite time spent with Julia was a shopping and lunch trip to Nebraska City with Joan where we met Julia and Karleen. My abdomen hurt for days from all the laughs we shared that day! What a fun trio these gals were. Praying for all her family for God''s comfort in the days to come. May your many fond recollections of time spent with Julia sustain you now and in the difficult days ahead and for years to come. Love, Trudy

Posted by Trudy Evert - Brady, NE - friend   October 09, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Blessings to her and her family.

Posted by Denise Nelson - Burlington, IA   October 09, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy to Julia''s family. We were classmates. Sadly we hadn''t kept in touch since graduation. It seems she had a very fulfilling life. I know she will be missed.

Posted by Joyce Sickels Waters - Des Moines, IA - classmate   October 09, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

May God keep you in his arms rest in peace! Love you, Lou, Leon and family

Posted by Lou - Ft. Madison - cousin   October 09, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

My heart goes out to Julia''s family. She was a great lady to work with. She will be greatly missed.

Posted by Eric M Montiel - Mount Ayr, IA - acquaintance   October 08, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers go out to Julie''s Family and friends. She will be greatly missed by many. May God grant each of you peace and strength.

Posted by Gwen Trullinger - friend   October 08, 2015

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