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Mary Stephens

Mary Margaret Stephens, daughter of Harry Glenn & Lois Pearl (Buck) Trimble, was born October 9, 1921 at home in Rice Township, Ringgold County, Iowa. Mary lived most all of her life in Rice Township. She graduated from Delphos High School.

On June 1, 1943, Mary was united in marriage to Lloyd Ernest Stephens, Jr. at her parents' home near Kellerton. To this marriage was born four children: Richard, Dennis, Susan and Sandra.

Mary will always be remembered as a loving wife and mother who cared for her family. She was humble in heart and would often say that her family was her greatest achievement. She was a wonderful cook; grew a huge garden; and was a prolific quilter and seamstress. She enjoyed knitting and making slippers, caps, and other useful items. Mary was an avid reader. She was raised in the Baptist church and is currently a member of the United Baptist Presbyterian Church.

Mary passed away on December 17, 2018 while surrounded by her children and their spouses. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Lloyd on August 22, 2005; sister Doris Hannon & husband Paul; brothers & sisters-in-law Spencer (Lois) Stephens, Sherrill (Erna) Stephens, Joe (Esther) Stephens, Muriell Stephens, Clarice (LJ "Red") Minnick, John Stephens, and Bill (Gaylene) Stephens.

Those left to cherish her memory include four great children and their spouses Richard (Linda) Stephens of Rock Port, MO, Dennis (Donna) Stephens of Mount Ayr, IA, Susan Stephens of Leavenworth, KS and Sandra Stephens of Lawrence, KS; five wonderful grandchildren and their spouses Ernest (Jill) Stephens, Jennifer (Boyd) Burn, Brenda (Cliff) Morris, Tim (Marie) Stephens, Debbie (Steve) Stephens-Jonker; nine perfect great grandchildren Madelynn Burn, Stephen Burn, Ella Morris, Henry Morris, Harrison Stephens, Ben Stephens, James Stephens, Joy Stephens, and Keller Jonker; brother LeRoy (Betty Jean "Butch") Trimble of Mount Ayr, IA; sister-in-law Ruby Stephens of Shannon City, IA; other relatives and friends.

A memorial fund has been established in her name for the United Baptist Presbyterian Church

Services: 10:00 a.m. - Thurs., December 20, 2018 at United Baptist Presbyterian Church

Officiant: Pastor Mike Maddy

Open Viewing: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm, Wed, Dec. 19 at Armstrong Funeral Home - Mt Ayr

Family Present: 9:00 am - 10:00 am, Thurs, Dec. 20 at United Baptist Presbyterian Church

Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery - Mount Ayr, Iowa

Memorials: United Baptist Presbyterian Church

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We are sorry to learn of Mary's death. She was a loving and humble woman. We look forward to seeing her alive again in the resurrection. Jesus promised, "Do not be amazed at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life." John 5:28, 29

Jim & Donna Adams Dec 19 2018 12:00 AM

Richard, sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She lived a long, good life. You were all so fortunate to have her here on earth for so long. Sympathy to the entire family.

Donna Jones Dec 19 2018 12:00 AM

Mary was a wonderful woman. She will be missed by many. I always enjoyed saying hello and how are you on Sunday morning. She always asked about how Steve was doing or about others that she was concerned about. She always smiled and said she was fine. Will miss her and am sure all of her family will too. Sympathy and prayers to all the family.

Shirley and David Dec 18 2018 12:00 AM