MISSOULA – Mary Olive Stephens passed away at Riverside Health Care Center on Tuesday, July 24, 2012.
Born May 17, 1918, in Livingston to J.W. and Alma Heist, mom was named after her grandmothers and was called Olive from the day she was born. She was raised in Cinnabar Basin and attended grade school in a one-room schoolhouse until she moved to Livingston to attend high school.
During high school, she met our dad, Clyde Morgan Stephens and they were married on Thanksgiving Day, 1936. They raised three children and celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary together before dad passed away on Valentine’s Day, 2006. Throughout their marriage, they were devoted to their Christian faith and opened their home to missionaries, friends and family to enjoy fellowship in their home. In 1990, they moved to Missoula to be closer to family and medical care. After mom became an invalid from strokes, Dad was her caregiver 24/7 until they both moved to Riverside Health Care Center in 2005.
Survivors include her three children, Allen (Linda) Stephens of Whitehall, Julie Stephens of Yakima, Wash., and Carole (Vern) Erickson of Missoula; sisters, Bette Oyler of Manhattan, Mont., and Cecil Bekeman of Livingston; nine grandchildren; 17 great- grandchildren; two great- great- grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Our family would like to express sincere appreciation to all of the faithful friends and family members who visited Mom on a regular basis. Special thanks to Mary Pheifer, Lyle and Joan Cross, Dr. Don Butler and the Riverside Health Care Team for their exceptional love and care.
Services will be held Tuesday, July 31 at Garden City Funeral Home with visitation starting at 11:30 a.m. and a funeral service at 1 p.m. Burial will follow at Missoula City Cemetery, followed by a reception at Garden City Funeral Home.