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Mary E Stephenson

MEMPHIS - Mary E. Brown Stephenson, age 94, of Memphis, TN formerly of Shelby, MS, passed away on Sunday, July 12, 2015 at the Bright Glade Heath & Rehabilitation Center in Memphis.

Visitation will be held Monday July 20, 2015 from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM at Cleveland Funeral Home in Cleveland, MS. Funeral Services will follow at 2:00 PM in the Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be at the Shelby Cemetery. Reverend Jimmy Breland and William "Steve" Stephenson will officiate the service.

Mary was born on April 29, 1921 to Upton and Fannie (Stephenson) Brown in Eupora, MS. She graduated from Pace High School where she was the class prophet. She met her husband William Vernon Stephenson in Memphis during WW II while attending Draughn's Business College. After the war ended they moved to Shelby, MS. Mary worked for Dr. Hollingsworth and Shelby Clinic for 40 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star in Shelby. She loved to sing, ballroom dance and was an amazing seamstress.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents Upton and Fannie Brown, her son William Rodney Stephenson, three sisters- JoAnn Beevers, Sue Craig and Willie Carwile, and one brother Thomas Brown.

Mary is survived by Daughters Julia S. Ormiston of Collierville, TN and Peggy S. Brown of Memphis, TN, her brother Noel Brown of Jacksonville, FL, and six grandchildren- Lynn S. Glick of Boise, ID, Steve Stephenson of Napa, ID, Barron Brown of Cordova, TN, Nick Brown of Memphis, TN, Jessie Hanks of Collierville, TN, and Rhea Douglas of Collierville, TN. She is survived by nine great grandchildren- Maddux Brown, Caden Stephenson, Taylor Stephenson, Kelsey Douglas, Will Douglas, Walker Douglas, Wyatt Douglas, Russell Hanks, and Charlie Hanks.

Honorary pallbearers are Steve Stephenson, Barron Brown, Nick Brown, Chad Douglas, Robbie Hanks, Butch Craig, Gregg Beevers, Terry Beevers, Rick Carwile, and Mike Carwile.

Memorials may be made to Smile Train, PO Box 96231 Washington, D.C. 20090-6231 or Make A Wish Foundation 1780 Moriah Woods Blvd. Suite 10 Memphis, TN 38117

Cleveland Funeral home is in charge of arrangements. The on-line guest register may be viewed and signed at www.clevelandfuneralhome.net

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Ms. Peggy I am sorry to hear of your mom's passing. It was a pleasure caring for her and meeting your wonderful family. You all are in my prayers.

Ashley murphy - July 19, 2015 at 01:16 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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Cleveland Funeral Home - July 16, 2015 at 03:15 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Julia, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. My sympathies and prayers to your family. It is so hard to lose our mothers.Janie Givens Miller

Janie Givens Miller - July 15, 2015 at 02:25 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

July 14, 2015To the Family of Mary E. StephensonMy name is Peter M. Almandres (Ret MSgt, USAF). My heartfelt condolences during this time of sadness. My good friend Julia Ormiston informed me of her mother's passing.Julia and I have been friends over these past months and I cherish our friendship. And though I did not have the privilege to meet Mrs. Stephenson, I am grateful to know her daughter Julia.Though I cannot be there to honor Mrs. Stephenson, I see the "Joy in life; the Cherished home; And the Love of family" instilled in her daughter Julia.A Friend and Neighbor,Peter, Collierville TN

Peter Almandres - July 14, 2015 at 11:02 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

When I think of your mother, I always think about the delicious coconut cake that she use to bake. You all are in my prayers. Love, Maria & Bruce Johnson

Maria Johnson - July 13, 2015 at 06:32 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers go out for Julia and Peggy and their families. Mary Stephenson was such a dear special person. May God grant you peace and comfort during this sad time in your lives.

Bonnie Reynolds - July 15, 2015 at 02:00 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time. I really miss the time that Mrs Stephenson and I worked together at the Hollingsworth Shelby Clinic and Hospital for Dr. and Mrs. Hollingsworth. She was a great lady. May God comfort the family during this difficult time in your lives.Frances Barger and family.

Frances Barger - July 16, 2015 at 10:58 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Julia and Peggy and families, I am so very sorry for your loss. I had planned to be at the service, but have a handicapped granddaughter with me and she needed me at home that day, but did pray for you and will continue to keep you lifted in prayers. Hugs

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