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Mount Ayr Record News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, November 29, 1984

OBITUARY ~ MARION STEPHENS

Marion STEPHENS, son of John Lindsey and Catherine JARVIS STEPHENS, was born in Ringgold County, Iowa, on February 22, 1895. Marion was one of 14 children. He departed this life on November 13, 1984, in Des Moines, Iowa, at the Veterans Hospital, at the age of 99 years, eight months and 22 days.

Marion was a member of the First Baptist Church of Delphos, Iowa, later transferring his membership to Mount Ayr Baptist Church. He has lived the last three years in the Masonic Home at Perry, Iowa and had been a Mason for over 55 years. He was the first Iowan to enlist when war was declared and was in the famed Rainbow Division, which was the first division to go into action. He was an infantry mess sargeant (sic) and served in France for two years.

After the war, he returned to the farm where he stayed until he w s elected Sheriff in 1923. He decided not to run for a third term. Instead, he went into the Chevrolet car business and stayed for seven years.

In 1933 he was apointed an agent of the Iowa Bureau of Criminal Investigation where he served several years. He had two more tours of law enforcement duty as a guard at the Iowa State Penitentary in Fort Madison and as [a] National Parks policeman in Arlington, Virginia, where he served for seven years and had a civil service appointment in Washington, D.C.

When he came back to Iowa, he went to work in Des Moines for the Mutual Insurance Company for 13 years and then retired.

On June 20, 1939, he married Eliza Roena MOORE of Mount Ayr, Iowa. They made their home in Arlington, Virignia; and the rest of thier married life was spent iN Des Moines, Iowa, whre Roena preceded him in death on September 6, 1968.

Also preceding him in death are his parents, John Lindsey and Catherine JARVIS STEPHENS; four sisters, Mrs. Laura STEPHENS LINK, Mary STEPHENS POLLEY, Ella STEPHENS BLUNCK, Vinnie STEPHENS GARRETT; and six brothers, Walter STEPHENS, Allen STEPHENS, Roy STEPHENS, Jess STEPHENS, Ray STEPHENS, and Paul STEPHENS.

Marion is survived by three sisters, Gladys SELLERS and Ona KASTER of Des Moines, and Lela HARVEY of Lincoln, Nebr., several nices and nephews, and a host of friends.

Services were held at the Baptist Church in Mount Ayr, Iowa, Tuesday, November 13, 1984 [remainder of obituary clipped off; interment at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr].

Creston News Advertiser
Creston, Union County, Iowa

OBITUARY ~ MARION STEPHENS, Perry

MOUNT AYR - Marion STEPHENS, 99, of Perry, Ia., formerly of Mount Ayr, died Tuesday afternoon at the Veterans Hospital in Des Moines after a long illness.

His funeral will be 1 p.m. Friday at the Wilson-Watson Funeral Home here [Mount Ayr]. Ther Revs. Norman NOBLE and Paul CARTER will officiate with burial in the Rose Hill Cemetery here.

Mr. STEPHENS was born Feb. 28, 1885, in Maloy, Ia. to Johnand Catherine (nee JAMES (sic, should be JARVIS)) STEPHENS. on June 20, 1939, he married Roena MOORE in Washington, D.C.

Mr. STEPHENS was sheriff of Ringgold County from 1924-27.

Survivors include three sisters, Ona KASTER and Gladys SELLERS of Des Moines and Lela HARVEY of Lincoln, Neb.

Memorials have been established in the First Baptist Church here and the Rowley Masonic Home in Perry.

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