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Mount Ayr Record News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, April 07, 1991

OBITUARY ~ HAZEL LUCAS STEPHENS

Hazel Genevieve STEPHENS was born on May 10, 1904 in Ringgold County, Iowa. She was the daughter of John Samuel and Lilly Mae MOSIER LUCAS. She lived her life on the farm at Delphos, Iowa, and in retirement years in Mount Ayr.

Hazel passed away at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center on April 2, 1991 from complications which resulted from the massive cerebral hemorrhage she suffered on February 20.

Hazel was married to Clarence E. STEPHENS of Ringgold County on August 27, 1924. For most of their married life they farmed just north of Delphos. Hazel and Clarence were the parents of three children, Bette and Donald of Mount Ayr, Iowa and Joy of Decorah, Iowa.

A charter member of the Mount Ayr Assembly of God Church, Hazel was active in all aspects of life at church. She was saved and baptized at the age of twelve at the schoolhouse in Nation, Missouri. She taught Sunday school and the adult Bible class, took an active part in the women's missionary circle, and contributed her talent, time and treasure to the Mount Ayr Assembly throughout her adult life.

In addition to being companion, housewife and mother, Hazel was one of the original staff of the Ringgold County Hospital where she was employed for many years as a nurses aid. She was an active donor to the blood bank program and had a keen interest and concern for the health and well-being of her family, friends and relatives.

Hazel is survived by her children, Bette, Donald and Joy and their spouses; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lucille WILLEY of Mount Ayr and Ruth BRAMON of Nampa, Idaho.

Her husband, Clarence; her parents and two sisters, Beulah KNIGHT and Gladys SCHLAPIA, preceded her in death.

Blessed be the memory of Hazel LUCAS STEPHENS.

The family of Hazel STEPHENS is deeply grateful for the outpouring of loving support they have experienced in their loss.

Funeral services were held April 5, 1991, from the Wilson-Watson Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa, conducted by the Rev. John BIDDLE. Music was provided by Mrs. Robert THOMAS, Mrs. Robert FISHER and Mrs. Gary BICKERS.

Casketbearers were John ROSLIEN, Tracy CONSTANT, Dusty STEPHENS, Kenneth STEPHENS, Gregory GRIFITH and Geoffrey GRIFFITH. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr.


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Grandma Hazel STEPHENS was a very special person. In the past six weeks many memories have come flooding back as we gathered around her bedside.

"Do you remember when" has preceded so many fond stories. Stories about the times when we all chased the rats out of the chicken house and Grandpa would run here and there with a hoe, helping the kids catch the rats. There was a procedure that we always followed. The old Ford pickup would be backed up to one of the rat's tunnels. A hose was attached to the tailpipe on one end with the other end in the hole. In the meantime, every other hole we could find, except one, was blocked off. Then we'd all wait from the explosion of rats from their tunnels. The flurry of excitement lasted until the last rat was caught or (seldomly) escaped beyond our reach. Grandma was always right in the middle leading the chase.

Somedays Grandma would suggest a lazy day of fishing at the pond just a little ways back of the old house. The cane poles would be dislodged from their storage place and all of us would tromp to the bank of the pond that was always kept well stocked. And in the evening, we'd feast on fried fish, corn-on-the cob, sweet strawberries and tomatoes.

We remember how each year we'd join in the gruesome task of killing and dressing chickens, with Grandma bustling about, making sure everything was ready. She never seemed to get tired. Even though she'd cut up a hundred chickens and packed them for freezing, we always ate fried chicken and mashed potatoes for supper.

The abundance of food is a pleasant memory to everyone who ever ate at Grandma's table. Grandma's garden always produced a lot of food and what wasn't eaten at the many family meals in the summer was canned or frozen. Jennifer always loved Grandma's fried new potatoes. For Dusty, his favorite was "meat and potatoes and stuff like that."

Each one of us had a unique relationship with our grandma. Greg, Geof, and Dusty remember the summers they stayed with Grandma and Grandpa. Kenny and Kathy remember their visits from Colorado to see Grandma. Kathy remembers the time she helped Grandma can Bing cherries and they ate cherries until they were sick. Kathy was sure Grandma was dying because she got so sick.

The grandkids grew and her wise counsel was helpful. And as the grandkids grew up and had families of their own, the great-grand kids enjoyed visiting Grandma at her apartment.

Josie and Aimee were always walking down to Grandma's fo rcarmel corn and sugar cookies sor al the Kiddies."

So many memories mark our lives.

The player piano wer sang old songs around and Grandma's clear voice over all the rest. The wise advice and the examples of Christian living with which she led us all. Even the youngest great-grandchild remembers the love that Grandma gave unostentingly to all of us. We all loved to sit next to Grandma in church especially Jeff and Kim and we saw the love and joy she found in GOd mirrored in her face.

We will miss our determined and dynamic Grandma with all her love and faith.

~ Granddaughter Renee' Malone

Submission by Ann Wyer, April of 2012

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