The Star Democrat
Monday, November 05, 2012
OBITUARY ~ MAJEL (STEPHENS) LENCE
EASTON - Majel S. LENCE of Easton, born Dec. 20, 1921, in Mount Ayr, Iowa, the eldest child of L. Ray and Lottie (BLACK)
STEPHENS, passed away on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at Memorial Hospital at Easton [Maryland].
Majel grew up in the Mount Ayr area. After graduation, she refused to succumb to the devastation the Great Depression
had taken on the family finances, and proceeded to work her way through college. She earned teaching certification(s)
for elementary school, often teaching in rural one-room schoolhouses.
It was during her college years she met the love of her life, Richard H. LENCE. They met on Valentine's Day 1944 and,
after committing to a long engagement, were married on Nov. 28 the same year. Together they built an amazing life
together, working, traveling abroad, and most importantly loving and supporting each other.
After Richard passed away, Majel's work brought her to the Eastern Shore of Maryland. At the age of 64, she began
her USPS career, taking pride in her job, and continuing to work for 15 years before deciding to retire.
Anyone meeting Majel was immediately impressed with her positive attitude, and immense generosity. Her heart far
exceeded the confines of her body. This lovely lady was a true example of elegance and sophistication, while at
the same time remaining a humble servant of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Majel was pre-deceased by her husband; parents; two sisters, Joyce UPCHURCH and Delores Jean STEPHENS; and three
brothers, John Vernon, Gary Lee and Alonzo Donald STEPHENS.
Survivors include her brother, L. Thomas STEPHENS of Des Moines, Iowa; a sister, Marguerite BURKE of Burnsville,
Minn.; one niece, Abbie BURKE-HERZOG; three nephews, John R. BURKE, Stephen A. UPCHURCH and John T. UPCHURCH; and
a multitude of cousins and friends who will always cherish the memories made by spending time with her.
Friends may call from 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, P.A., 200 S.
Harrison. St. Easton, where a funeral service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Interment will take place in Jonesboro, Ill.
For online tributes, please visit www.fhnfuneralhome.com.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, November of 2012
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