Bernetta Cordelia Stephens, daughter of Curtis Zelmer Roe and Eula Mae Robbins
Roe, was born July 17, 1910, in Farley, Missouri. She departed this life at
the Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa, on March 1, 1997, at the age of 86
years, seven months, and 12 days.
After her graduation from high school, Bernetta taught school for a short time
and then became employed by the telephone company which was later to become
Contel of Iowa. She was to work for this company until her retirement.
She was united in marriage to Merle Everett Stephens on September 24, 1939,
and to this union were born two sons, Dick of Clearfield, Iowa, and Dale of
After her retirement, Bernetta and Merle traveled some and went to California
to see relatives and into Kansas to Merle's birthplace. They never were able
to travel extensively because of Merle's health.
From an early age Bernetta became very involved in the Methodist Church and in
church activities and these associations through the church composed a large
part of her life. She was a devoted Christian and contributed many hours to
the United Methodist Women organization and other church activities. She
enjoyed her membership and treasured the friends in her "Modern Mother's Club"
which met at least monthly.
She spent a great deal of time creating quilts for each of their grandchildren
which she gave to them as they grew up.
Several Christmas Eves were spent helping to prepare for the coming of Santa
in the homes of the grandchildren.
Following brain surgery in 1965, Bernetta spent several quality years with her
family before her health forced her to make use of the excellent care provided
at the Clearview Home in Mount Ayr. She moved to Clearview in 1988 where she
remained until her death.
Bernetta was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Merle, her sister
Mary Newton, her brothers Curtis Roe of Boulder, Colorado and Elmo Roe of
Mount Ayr and a niece Trudy Newton. Left to cherish her memory are her sons,
Dale and Dick, her daughters-in-law, Tenette and Jeanne, her grandchildren
Mark, Sonia, Scott, and Darin, her great grandchildren Conner, Lane, and
Ember, her brother Bob and wife Bea Roe, a sister-in-law, Fra Roe, nieces,
nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held Thursday, March 6, 1997, at the United Methodist
Church in Mount Ayr, Iowa, at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. Michael Druhl and Rev.
Merlin Wilkins officiating. Music was provided by Mrs. Gregg Cannon, Mrs.
Robert Fisher, and Mrs. Jim Jones. Casketbearers were Dan Roe, Royce Dredge,
Eric Dredge, Jerry Carpenter, Steve Roe, and Pat Weeda.
Interment was at the Rose Hill Cemetery at Mount Ayr, Iowa.
Wilson-Watson and Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr, Iowa, was in charge of
Transcription and Submission by Lorelei Rusco, February of 2014